In your darkest hour … it’s not over.
Luke 23: 35-43
“The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” 36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” 38 There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews. 39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
In your darkest hour people will be watching you. They will stand and stare at your humiliation or they will walk on by, passing their silent judgment. You know what they are thinking. You are guilty. Something must have brought this on. Some peer at your wounds and some turn in disgust.
In your darkest hour some will sneer at you. It usually comes from those who have managed to put you in your place. They have won. They rule. They have taken away your vibrancy and your voice. They are no longer angry with you. They don’t need to be for it has given way to a patronising superiority.
In your darkest hour some will mock you. They will take what people have said about you, words that even you may not have said about yourself and taunt you with them. If you are. If. The enemy launches his doubt over you. As heaven is silent, as the sun leaves the sky, the thoughts are raging, where is He? Where has He gone? Why has He left me?
In your darkest hour some will insult you. Those who curse are in their own dark world. They are in their own pain. They are dealing with their own sin. They have no idea of your story. They just see the headlines over you. They don’t see that your darkest hour came about as you loved and served and gave your life to others.
In your darkest hour you will meet the exploiter, the enemy of your soul.
But that’s not all that is happening.
For in your darkest hour you will see encouraging signs that God is waiting. You may not feel His presence but He has not forgotten you. There will be someone. Maybe the unexpected. There in the darkness, someone who needs you again. God hasn’t stopped using you. Even now, even in these late stages, an opportunity to tell someone about paradise. Heaven is in sight. Our real home. Look around, listen out to the lost, someone is crying, they need you to notice them, to remember them. The mission isn’t over. Dry your eyes. Reach out once more. It’s not over yet.