Linda is away during March, Clayton Bjelan brings you today’s devotion…
I’d never heard of the phrase ‘the dark night of the soul’ until I found myself in it.
Reference: v9 God said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt.” That’s why the place is called The Gilgal… (The Message Bible)
Explore: I’d never heard of the phrase, ‘the dark night of the soul,’ until I found myself in it. It has many connotations – but my understanding is that it is a period of time where, as a Christian, you feel like God is distant and he is not communicating with you no matter what you do.
I had a period of this that coincided with some depression, confusion, and a sense of not minding if I lived or died. It was a terrible time that went for about 10 months and took about another 18 months to fully get through.
And having said all that – I can honestly say it was one of the best things that could have happened to me. I have a greater understanding of how I believe God works in my life and my mind is certainly stronger.
Application: I can only imagine the pain that around 1 million grown men went through as they were made to be circumcised before entering the promised land.
For the Israelites this was a purification process – to discard the former and to start something fresh… and if it meant some physical pain to signify this, then so be it. And although the pain of circumcision would subside, it would leave a permanent scarring, an indication that they had forever been changed.
When I look back on my, ‘dark night of the soul’, the pain has gone, but I still feel the scarring in the fibre of who I am – and I can shout “I have forever been changed for the better”!
Prayer: Dear God, help me not to run away from hard times. Put people around me to walk with me through it. And strengthen me in my relationship with you because of it, Amen.
Tough times are always coming – How can you prepare to continue trusting God when they do?
This article was written by Clayton Bjelan