The Christ-follower’s pathway is not always happy and bright, filled with birds singing and the sun shining. As quick as a severe Texas thunderstorm can bring wind rain and hail out of the west into your location so are the rapid rising storms of life that thrust darkness and wreak havoc across your journey of faith. 

Faith by the Christ-follower is rightfully reasoned in the Word of God to yield happiness while on the journey and the promise of glory at the end. “She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying.” (Proverbs 3:17) However, you need not journey too far to discover that the radiance of the light being “the way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day” (Proverbs 4:18) can at times be concealed. At certain seasons clouds cover your sun, and you move in darkness and see no light.  

You have spent countless days monumentally praising and rejoicing the God of your soul. The result was you became tan in the sunshine of your faithful walk. But in an instant you find yourself under a foreboding cloud of troubled pain and heartache. At this juncture you say, “I’m a child of God, this is not supposed to happen to me!”

If you are walking in darkness right now with this statement rolling around in your head remember there has not been one believer who has enjoyed uninterrupted success. It’s possible that the Lord, at the beginning of your journey of faith, knowing that you at first were weak and timid, would require smooth sailing until you were ready for wind, rain, and hail. Therefore, until now your walk has been unclouded. It is now cross-bearing season.
Why? You’ve come of age—even if you don’t realize it. You are stronger now in your spiritual life. You’re ready to navigate upon the uneven pavement of His richest promises for your journey. Until now He has held back the wind in your life but today you’re prepared to face the gale force winds that will exercise your faith, tearing off rotten branches of self-reliance while deepening your roots in Christ. The more evil the day elevates its furry the more value you will place upon your glorious hope. “Lord,…You alone are my hope in the day of disaster.” (Jeremiah 17:17)


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