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Friday, August 29, 2014
Daily Devotional
Today's Eagle's Wings: Friday, August 29, 2014

Lessons in the Night

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
PSALM 30:5

For one reason or another the people of God have always experienced afflictions, persecutions, and opposition. The apostle Paul endured trouble after trouble in his service for Christ. Through it all, he found Gods grace sufficient. The Christian life is one of faith; it is a life of self-insufficiency. From the moment of salvation to every aspect of daily living, the Christian must be dependent on God. One of the reasons trouble comes into our lives is to increase our sense of that dependence. When the night comes, it is good to pay attention to what God wants to teach us.

Psalm 30 shows the way God uses darkness to make us better. Before affliction, the psalmist felt secure in himself (vv. 6, 7). Everything was going smoothlyno battles to fight, no opposition. His ease was pleasurable, but not spiritually profitable. Human nature being what it is, the sunshine is usually more dangerous than the storm. In the providence of God, the night came. During affliction, the psalmist first misunderstood what was happening (v. 9) and then sought the Lord for deliverance (v. 10). That is the way it usually is for us. As soon as things go wrong, we feel sorry for ourselves and misread Gods dealings as harsh and uncaring. The sooner we quit moping and groping in darkness and seek the Lord, the sooner we will see the light. After affliction, the psalmist was able to put things in the proper perspective. What seemed to be such a long night was just a brief moment compared to the daylight of Gods favour (vv. 5, 11). There will always be a morning to end the mourning. When we learn the lessons of the night, we, like the psalmist, will celebrate Gods goodness with joy and thanksgiving (vv. 1-4).

I never knew the meaning of God's Word until I came into affliction.
Martin Luther

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