How Do You Find God In The Dark Times?

Today’s article is by Jack Deere, whose new book Even in Our Darkness will help you discover how to deal with disappointment and find friendship with God in the midst of your pain, grief, and loss.

This book will help you in a time where everything seemed to be going wrong and nothing made sense? A time when your  hopes were dashed – and then dashed again? A time when you wondered if God heard your relentless prayers, or maybe, wondered if He even cared?

People often ask me “How do you find God in the dark times?” I always reply, “The dark days are not my problem. The good days are my problem. Those are the days when I tend to forget God, when I enjoy the gifts more than the Giver.” The dark days call me back to God and to his Scripture.

The darkest days for the followers of Jesus were the three days after the crucifixion. On Sunday, two of them were walking to Emmaus, when the Risen Lord joined them, but they were prevented from recognizing him.

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“Why are you so sad?” he asked.

“Because Jesus of Nazareth, a prophet powerful in word and deed, has been killed by our religious leaders. We had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel.”

The root of their sadness was that they had lost their confidence in Jesus to do what he said he would do. This loss of confidence in the promises of Jesus lies in the depths of most of my darkness as well.

The Light of the World walked beside his two disciples on the Emmaus road. All he had to do was rip the blindfolds off their eyes and say, “Look! It’s me! I have conquered death like I said I would!”

That’s what I would have done.

It’s not what Jesus did. Instead of revealing himself to their eyes, he revealed himself to their hearts through Scripture.

The greatest sermon ever preached was preached on the Sunday following the crucifixion. The preacher was the Son of God. The subject was the Son of God. The text was the whole Old Testament. The sermon lasted all day. The audience consisted of two followers of Jesus who had lost their confidence in Jesus to fulfill his promises.

At the end of the day, they asked the Preacher to stay for dinner. He did. Then the guest became the host. When he gave thanks and broke the bread, these two broken followers recognized their Risen Lord and he vanished from their sight.

Then they uttered the single sentence that for two thousand years has become the light for countless despairing followers of the Lord to find their way out of the darkness back to him. They said, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us” (Luke 24:32).

They did not say “while we talked about him,” but “while he talked to us.” That Sunday on the road to Emmaus, Jesus taught all of us who would be his followers that the primary way he would speak directly to our hearts was through the Scripture. This story is his promise to do that on our good days and on our bad days.

I thought that the darkest day I would ever experience was the day I found my son dead in his bedroom from a self-inflicted gunshot on December 27, 2000. Nine years later, on a September morning, I woke up engulfed by a greater darkness. That darkness mocked me. Soon others would join in.

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I thought of putting my gun to my temple to escape what was coming.

“Help,” I said to the God I could not feel. 

A single verse of Scripture flashed into my mind.

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14).

“Wait” means the Lord is coming.

A single verse of Scripture gave this weak heart strength to wait.

The Lord came. And I am still here.

Iron sharpeneth iron, if you feel comfortable, consider sharing part or all of your story in the comment section below, I and other ministers, as well as thousands of believers across the country and world, promise to commit to pray for you as well. May the GOD of hope, fill you with joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may OVERFLOW with hope, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

This book is available on , get it and read it to get solution and encouragement to overcome those darkness in your life.

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