Today’s Devotional: God’s Hand in the Bad Times

Have you ever felt crushed by life?

Life has its seasons, both good and bad. It’s wonderful when times are good, but when we’re in a rough season, it can seem like we’ve been stranded by God. In Morning and Evening, Spurgeon reminds us that God promises to watch over us all day long, even in the dark seasons of our lives.

Spurgeon offers practical advice to follow when we’re feeling down: simply trust that God’s hand is on us even when nothing seems to be going our way:

What, then, my soul, is it best for thee to do? Learn first to be content with this divine order, and be willing, with Job, to receive evil from the hand of the Lord as well as good. Study next, to make the outgoings of the morning and the evening to rejoice. Praise the Lord for the sun of joy when it rises, and for the gloom of evening as it falls. There is beauty both in sunrise and sunset; sing of it, and glorify the Lord. Like the nightingale, pour forth thy notes at all hours. Believe that the night is as useful as the day. The dews of grace fall heavily in the night of sorrow. The stars of promise shine forth gloriously amid the darkness of grief. Continue thy service under all changes. If in the day thy watchword be labour, at night exchange it for watch. Every hour has its duty, do thou continue in thy calling as the Lord’s servant until he shall suddenly appear in his glory. My soul, thine evening of old age and death is drawing near; dread it not, for it is part of the day; and the Lord has said, “I will cover him all the day long.”

Are you in the middle of a “dark season” in your life? Do you trust God to keep watch over you until you’ve made it through?

5 Responses to “Today’s Devotional: God’s Hand in the Bad Times”

  • jim marks says:

    What verses are these?

  • Franklin says:

    I have felt crushed in life lately and your insight is very timely.
    This month we found out that the lady we have been caring for needs more care than we can give, we need to move, but where?

    I need a job/career, trained in ministry/missions, but no open doors.
    I am familiar with the dark Night Of The Soul chapter in Patrick Morley’s,
    The Seven Seasons of a Man’s Soul. The way back to God in darkness is Rebellion to realization to Repentance to Restoration.

    I am also aware that “A broken heart and contrite spirit God will not despise” Broken as in body of Jesus, contrite is a Hebrew word that means, “ground into powder”.

    Spurgeon faced many forms of darkness and depression in London and at Mentone, France. May I gain the wisdom to face my darkness in the hope and light of Jesus Christ.

    Please pray that God will guide.

    • Tara says:

      God Will Provide! Just keep on believng and holding on to HIS unchanging hand. Where HE guides He will provide. Remember JESUS told us to cast all our cares upon HIM. To ask the Father anything in HIS name and we shall receive. HE is our Provider, Healer, a very present Help in the time of trouble, HE is our Peace.
      No matter what it looks like or what it feels like remember who you are (in CHRIST) and whose you are, a child of the MOST HIGH GOD and HE does not neglect HIS children. Pray GOD’S WORD(Scripture over your circumstances)…now faith is…faith is now. All you have to do is believe and wait on GOD patiently to open that door for you. I’m believing GOD’s favor to come upon and overtake you. To open doors that no man can close and close those that no man can open and to give you peace in the midst of and hold no good thing from you as you walk in righteousness and love HIM. Amen(And it is so)!

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  • dawn says:

    You might check with Baptist Children’s Village based out of Jackson, MS. They are often in need of live in house parents.