Growing in gloom

Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.” -Psalm 139:4

God created me- I am His handiwork. God knows me intimately, and He can read me like a book.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,which God prepared in advance for us to do.”   -Ephesians 2:8

I am saved through God’s grace- not by anything I did. Salvation is a gift.

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” -2 Corinthians 5:21

Where there is much light, there is much shade- but God designed me to grow in the gloom.

“In one of my garden books there is a chapter with a very interesting heading: “Flowers that Grow in the Gloom.” It deals with those patches in a garden which never catch the sunlight. And my guide tells me the sort of flowers which are not afraid of these dingy corners- may rather like them and flourish in them.

And there are similar things in the world of the spirit. They come out when material circumstances become stern and severe. They grow in the gloom.

Who has not known men and women who, when they arrive at seasons of gloom and solitude, put on strength and hopefulness like a robe? You may imprison such folk where you please; but you shut up their treasure with them. You cannot shut it out. You may make their material lot a desert, but “the wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose.” -Dr. Jowett

God never leaves us- He is even in the gloom.

Jesus is never going to leave you. He set up housekeeping in your life the moment you trusted Him as savior, so He is there to stay forever. This is why you cannot return to being lost once He has saved you. If the living God is dwelling within you, who or what could possible remove him? -Walking With God, Life Principle #24

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.” -John 15:4

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