The 23rd chapter of the Book of Job at the least hints at The Dark Night of Soul Job was experiencing. The pathos-laden section written some 1520 years BC (Before Christ) brings tears and spiritual pain to all Godly men and women as they recall or realize the gripping terror that can accompany what is referred to as the Dark Night of our Soul when it seems as though God is hiding from us and need for Him. This emotion is a false feeling as Job realizes in the middle of this insightful piece on how even very godly people can feel.
Yes, there is light at the end of this tunnel as is seen at the mid-point the chapter.
The mid or turning point is verse 10 as seen here:
“But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job 23:10.
When Job grasped and stated confidence that God’s ways are higher, and therefore, better than ours, his spirit was encouraged. The same happens to us when we lay our burdens on the Lord. The Lord is on record that when we cast our burdens on Him, He accepts them and in exchange for our troubles, He gives rest to us for our souls. The passage from Matthew 11:20-30 has brought courage to hearts for over 2000 years:
Mt 11:28 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (NKJV).
As we look around our nation, our leaders, even our churches, it’s easy to lapse into an episode of despair. However, when we look unto Jesus, we can legitimately find rest in our souls, with the assurance that all is and will be well, in His knowledge of the outcome of the things of earth.
Here is an encouraging line from George Washington in a period of trouble:
“A superintending Providence is ordering everything for the best—and, that in due time, all will end well.” George Washington, in a letter dated October 27, 1777
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