Have you ever been in those hard places? Experience those hard nights? Praying for a child that has gone a different path from what he or she has been taught in the Lord. Praying for a spouse to come to know Jesus. Praying for healing in your marriage. Praying for healing from a debilitating illness that has riddled the body of someone you love or even yourself. Finding out the report from the doctor is worse then you thought. Getting a phone call that someone you love has passed away.
Yes, hard places create hard nights at times but God is in those hard places and in those hard nights with you. Have the faith to believe it; to believe Him.
Those hard places and hard nights where tears fall as prayers are prayed. Yes, we’ve all had some form of hard places and hard nights and as we get older we’ve experienced even more so we have a deeper understanding. Let me tell you, the tears don’t make you weak. The tears don’t mean that your faith is weak. The tears don’t mean that you don’t trust God. No, in fact, as the tears fall, the prayers come forth. Prayers that say, I trust You God no matter what! Tears and prayers that say, I know God has this situation under control even before I can see IT!
A dear sister in Christ Lelia is experiencing a hard place, and had a hard night. She wrote about it on her private social media page. I just received her permission to share a portion of what she shared. Her words are powerfully spoken from the heart:
“It’s in these hard nights where I lose sleep and the tears fall that all the things I’ve read or heard about God becomes real. It’s where the names of God become personalized.”
Lelia is so right! Smack in the middle of the situations I call hell rising up, we find the peace of God rising higher! Hallelujah! I love that she said, “it’s where the names of God become personalized”. How true! It’s in the fire that everything we know of God becomes very clear. It’s in those testing times that our faith is being sharpened. Where everything we know and believe is being tested. It’s in those moments that we are reminded that the God of the Bible is real and His word is truth and we can count on Him.
That’s why it’s so important for you to know God for yourself. You can’t make it on an inspirational quote online, a few verses a pastor preaches from at church, a few tips from someone’s book, or on the faith of your grandparents, parents or a friend. It’s important for you to make, take and desire to spend time getting to know the God of the Bible. Search the pages of His Word with excitement and desire to learn and grow in Him. Pray and ask Him for wisdom and revelation. Study, don’t just read. There’s a difference. Don’t think you’re too young, too old or not good enough. Don’t focus on trying to pray like someone else or be like someone else. There’s no celebrity in the Kingdom of God–no idol worship. God doesn’t view you as less important. He doesn’t turn His ear off because you don’t pray like brother so and so or preach like sister so and so or have theological training. No, your voice and your need is important to Him because you are important to Him. As you ingest His Word and pray for wisdom and revelation, the Holy Spirit will give you just that and you’ll be able to stand all the more during those hard places and hard nights when they come. Here are a handful of the ways I know Him:
- Jehovah Jireh – The Lord my Provider
- Jehovah Nissi – The Lord is my Banner
- Jehovah Rapha – The Lord is my Healer
- Jehovah Shalom – The Lord is my Peace
- Jehovah Shammah – The Lord is There. He is my Companion.
- Jehovah Tsidkenu – The Lord is my Righteousness
When the hard places hit and it brings on the hard nights, just stretch your focus toward Heaven and say, Immanuel (God with us “I Am”), I know that You are with me and You are El Shaddai, the All Sufficient One in our lives and I trust You with this situation.
There is nothing so incredible as knowing that God is with us in the hard places and in those hard nights. He never gets tired of hearing your voice when you pray for He inclines His ear to hear you. He never tires of your cries for He will dry up every tear. And when all is said and done…
“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5
And I’m here to say it again, His Word is truth! I am a witness. He keeps me smiling through it all as I am below. Times of tears and loads of prayer because I truly believe that He is who He says that He is and that He’s with me (us) in the hard places and in those hard nights.
How do you know God in your hard places and in the hard nights?
Praying with you as you lean on Him.