And God said, Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.’ And it was so. And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
(Genesis 1:14-18 ESV).
This Scripture passage offers us hope. Genesis reminds us God not only created the day, but also created the night! God established the seasons, summers and winters alike, in order to be markers of the passage of time — to show us how we’ve grown throughout our lives. God created the seasons, in part, to teach us something about the nature of life on earth. God teaches us we are growing, changing beings, and so we go through cycles just like God’s creation. God is Lord over all the seasons, and He declared they were good.
Fighting your way through a hard Night, when dawn seems so far away, is a truly burdensome trial. Take hope, even in the nighttime. God is not driven out by the night, as the night belongs to God just as much as the day. You can bring to Jesus all of your anguish, your suffering, your depression, and other burdens and lay them at His feet. Jesus is present with you even when life gets hard and your soul aches. Jesus is no stranger to hardship and turmoil, and He loves each of us enough to willingly bear our burdens alongside us.
Our God is not just a God of the sun and daytime, but the moon and the stars as well. God created each season for its purpose, and He desires to draw us close in every season, cycle, and rhythm of life. God wants to assure us of a life-changing truth this week: in God’s plan for salvation, there is hope for a brighter tomorrow. A new dawn is coming, even if it seems out of sight right now. It is Hope for the Heart’s goal to share this hope of the new dawn with everyone who feels overwhelmed by life’s challenges.