Life can get hard sometimes, and trying to deal with all kinds of challenges can take it’s toll on you. When you’re doing all you can to get ahead, but face numerous obstacles along the way, things have a way of spiraling out of control. And if you’re not careful and mindful of where you’re heading, you quickly end up in a dark place with no clue of how to get out or even how you got there in the first place. You try to find a way through the dark all by yourself, but you fail miserably. You see no way out. All you see is the darkness that surrounds you and you cry and scream, but no-one hears you. Fact is, no-one can hear you. Nobody will hear your screams or see your tears, ’cause you’re screaming and crying inside of your head – you’re suffering in silence.
In the silence you question God, wondering if he sees what you’re going through, doubting that he’ll make a way for you. But 2 Chronicles 16: 9 says: “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” He knows you, he knows exactly what you’re going through, but you have to call on him. Things only start changing when you physically open your mouth and cry for help – that’s when God shows up. Psalm 50:15 says: “Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”
When David was confronted by his enemies he cried out to the Lord, he says: “In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears” (Psalm 18: 6). In Exodus 3: 7, 8 the Lord says; “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians.”
There is a call from God for his children to call on him. He promises to deliver us, but we are suffering in silence. We try to deal with our circumstances on our own, hoping for things to get better, hoping for the darkness to magically disappear. But there is nothing magical about darkness, it only gets worse – the hole only becomes deeper. People who commit suicide normally does so because they feel hopeless and alone with no-one to call on for help. But we have a God to call on, a loving father who cares about our well-being. We don’t need to suffer alone!
How desperate for help are you today? God says in Jeremiah 29: 12, 13 says: “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart“. If you’re desperate for help you need to become desperate for God, ’cause he’s the only one that can shine his light into your situation and clear up you darkness. You start to think clearly and receive fresh wisdom and revelation. You receive an energy that drives you to flee from the position you’ve been stuck in for so long – the position of self pity and hopelessness – and you run with a new determination that drives you forward. You start taking control of you life and circumstances, finding ways to positively change it.
One thing I know for sure is that God’s Word is true and perfect. James 4:8 says: “Come near to God and he will come near to you.” If you’re sitting in a dark hole and suffering in silence today, I encourage you to cry out to God – He will come to your rescue. He wants to get you out of that negative, dark place and shine his light into your life. And once his light shines on you, no amount of darkness will be able to overcome you. Be blessed.