Why Dark Nights Will Make You Grow Closer to God

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Daily Reading: Lamentations 2 GW; Psalms 77 GW

Hope, not despair.

Unfortunately, the dark nights of the soul are part of the human condition.  We will all experience them at some time or another.  Typically, they happen unexpectedly.  Jacob wrestled with God throughout the night.  When daybreak came, he had a new name:

“Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.” (Genesis 32:28 NIV)

Struggling with God in our darkest moments changes us.  We become new people as we overcome the temptations of the world by placing our faith in Jesus.  We have hope when we are down in the pit because Jesus is in the hole with us. God went before us, so we never have to go alone.  But we do have to go.  Each of us will have our struggles with God and man; it’s part of life.

Perseverance is key.

Jacob was victorious because he didn’t give up.  Knowing he was wrestling with God, Jacob refused to let go.

“Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” (Genesis 32:26 NIV)

We can’t let go of God.  When we are deep in misery, pray “Hope, not despair.”  Three words that can help you cling to God, reminding you of Jesus.  God knows your pain; He sees your hurt.  Whatever you are going through, God is going through it with you.  Hold tight; the morning is coming.  Darkness doesn’t last forever, only for a time.

My last night of the soul wasn’t that long ago.  An unexpected event sent me spiraling.  I spent a sleepless night crying out to God, feeling no relief.  But I didn’t let go; I held tight to my Creator, knowing He is where my hope is.  Daylight did come; my soul received comfort as I clung to God.

Cling to God amid your pain.  Hold tight to the One who is in control.  Draw closer to God as He comforts your soul.

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Lord, thank You for never letting go of us.  Forgive us for not holding on to You.  Help us through our dark nights of the soul.  Let light penetrate the darkness and give us hope.  Draw us closer to You as we wrestle with You.  In all things, the glory is Yours.  IJNIP. Amen

Question for reflection

How does your faith give you hope?

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