Psalms 10:1-2 Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?
In times of trouble we may be sure that Christ is nearer than we might think. Nature itself will be our teacher of this. Seasons must come in their appointed order, and night must follow day. It is, however, in the winter and in winter's night even, when we feel most forsaken and wretched. These seasons are necessary, for they make spring ever more green and new life ever more precious. The sun shall rise again blazing light to the soul and warmth to the heart. The ice shall melt, for God will command it; and our fickle hearts will long for Him again. Troubles temper us. They strengthen the resolve while softening the heart. Let us check to be sure our winter is not self-induced from sin or sluggishness, and if it is not then we are assured His love towards us in the graces He shall supply. Is it winter? Then He shall supply a fire to warm our trembling hands. Is it night? Then we guide ourselves by the stars of His word until the sun arises again. If His face is hard to see, we have this confidence: His love is still towards us or else we would be terribly poor. Whatever the season, they all must work together. God means it for good. The night works experience, and with it patience. A patient hope is often the only medicine we may feed many ailing saints who stand where we once stood. If we be in night, cling to hope, look to Christ, and exercise faith; then use its trying experiences to care for others.