I wonder, if we could only see the darkest situations in our life from a different perspective, would we respond differently?
When we go through something hard, I feel like we think, So what? This is no different than other people’s suffering or we think Oh, this is just part of life. Both thoughts are true and realistic. However, it treats the situation as though it’s not a battle against darkness we cannot see.
The Bible tells us a spiritual battle is being fought constantly. I believe our darkest situations are like the Waterloos of this ultimate war we are in.
Seeing our dark circumstances in this way may seem counterintuitive, as we may feel scared and unprepared for such a fight.
At the same time, since we are facing how much we lack to fight the fight, we are forced to seek help; ultimately, help from God.
As it says in Psalms:
“He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
He causes me to stand on the heights.
He trains my hands for battle,
My arms can bend a bow of bronze.
You make your saving help my shield and your right hand sustains me.”
If you are in dark circumstances right now, KNOW you are in a huge battle. That is why it’s so painful and tiring. There will be casualties (friendships ended, your joy diminishing, money loss, etc.).
But, God will provide you with the aid you need. He will give you strength to fight with an ability you didn’t think you had. He will train you continuously to be capable of responding appropriately in these dark times.
He will “sustain you, shield you, and be your help.”