“Thou art my hope in the day of evil.”
Jeremiah 17:17 KJV
“You are my refuge in the day of disaster.”
Jeremiah 17:17 NASB
The path of the Christian is not always bright with sunshine; he has his seasons of darkness and of storm. True, it is written in god’s Word, “Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.” That is a great truth. Since religion is calculated to give a man happiness here as well as bliss above, but experience tells us that if the course of the just be ‘as the shining light that shines more and more unto the perfect day, sometimes that light is eclipsed.
At certain periods clouds cover the believer’s sun, and he walks in darkness and sees no light. There are many who have rejoiced in the presence of God for a season; they have basked in the sunshine in the earlier stages of their Christian career; they have walked along the “green pastures” by the side of the “still waters,” but suddenly they find the sky is clouded. The best of god’s saints must drink the wormwood; the dearest of His children must bear the cross. N Christian has enjoyed perpetual prosperity.
Perhaps the Lord allotted you at first a smooth and unclouded path, because you were weak and timid. He tempered the wind for the little lamb, but now that you are stronger in spiritual life, you must enter into the rougher experience of God’s full-grown children. We need winds and tempests to exercise our faith to root us more firmly in Christ. The day of evil reveals to us the value of our glorious hope.
– Charles Spurgeon