The Right Turn

Michael Beck

“My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.” (Job 16:20)

When trouble comes we would quickly command it to go away. But God would have us turn and draw near to Him in our “deepest distress.” When the evil day is finally over, He wants to leave with us an indelible memory of His kindly presence and help.

God is always up to much more than we can comprehend. The darkest seasons and most painful trials we face can be the highlights of our life when we will walk through them with God. He is the best of all friends and the closest of all brothers. Don’t expect people to understand the depth of your sorrow or grief. They are only men.

God has designed certain seasons where He wishes to become nearer and dearer to us than ever before. He would have us know Him in a much more intimate way than we do. Take advantage of deep waters and fiery trials. Don’t just survive the troubles you face; get something more precious than gold out of them.

“When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.”

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.