On Thursday afternoons we highlight the writing of J. D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Recently, J. D. wrote about the Christian’s fight for faith in the midst of darkness.
Here’s an excerpt:
In a dark season, one of the biggest acts of faith you can do is to write a lament proclaiming your despair. Ironically, in giving voice to your despair and hopelessness, you are saying, “God, somehow I think your love is deeper and greater than all of this!” You may ask, “Where is the faith in Psalm 88?” It’s in the fact that Psalm 88 is recorded the way it is—unresolved and messy and painful—showing that even in our darkest hours God is transforming the story of our lives into the total praise that’s in Psalm 89.
We all have seasons of Psalm 88. Some of us will stay there for years. Some of us may even reach the end of our earthly days without any resolution to our greatest pains. Be honest with God about it. But don’t stop there.