The path of the Christian is not always bright with sunshine, there are days as dark as any short winter day; Christians have their seasons of darkness and of storm. At certain times, days like yesterday in Glasgow happen, bringing sad gloomy clouds, and darkness and no light. We struggle with the ‘why?’ There are no easy answers, if indeed, any answers exist.
There are many who have rejoiced in the presence of God for years; they have enjoyed the light and joy of faith in the earlier stages of their Christian journey; they have walked along the “green pastures” by the side of the “still waters,” but suddenly they find the glorious sky is clouded; instead of the promised land they have to plod the sandy desert; and they say, “Surely, if I were a child of God, this would not happen!”
All Christians must carry their ‘cross.’ No Christian has enjoyed perpetual peace & joy. Perhaps the Lord blessed you at first with a smooth and unclouded path, because you needed it. Now the reality of real living faith has made those ‘golden days’ seem a distant memory, yet our metal is tested in such circumstances. We need toils and troubles to build our faith, to tear out the rotten parts of our character, and to root us more firmly in Christ. The day of evil reveals to us the value of our glorious hope.