From Charles Spurgeon’s Beside Still Waters:
“You can remember the time when you were greatly blessed. You can remember when the calf was in the stall, when the olive yielded fruit, and when the fig tree gave abundant harvest. Your barn was bursting with corn and your vats overflowed with oil. Your stream of life was so deep that your ship floated without one disturbing wave of trouble. You said, “I will see no sorrow, God has surrounded me, He has preserved me, He has kept me going, I can plainly see that all things work together for good” (Romans 8:28).
Well, Christian, now you have had a sunset. The sun, which was so bright, began to cast long shadows. Clouds gathered, and it grew dark. Troubles came. Sickness entered your family, crops were meager, income diminished. You did not know what would become of you. You were brought low. There was not enough bounty to float your ship above the rocks of poverty. You did not know what to do, strive as you might, and your efforts only made it worse. You thought the night of your life had gathered with eternal blackness, and you were ready to die in despair.
Listen, believer, if God chooses to multiply your sorrow, He will prolong your patience. The time of your extreme distress is the moment of God’s opportunity. when the tide runs to its lowest, it turns. Your ebb has its flow, your winter its summer, your sunset its sunrise. “At evening time it shall happen that it will be light” (Zechariah 14:7). You will be completely delivered. Exclaim with old Habakkuk, “Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls–yet I will rejoice in the Lord. I will joy in the God of my salvation” (Habakkuk 3:17-18).
What an encouraging thought from Scripture and from Charles Spurgeon; whatever the situation, God is always working for our good and just around the corner is our light. In Christ, we find the Comforter, Heavenly Father, and the One who is always by our side no matter what. Whatever you may go through, remember you are never alone if you know Christ.