FEELINGS OF HOPELESSNESS AND DESPAIR set in yesterday. I was almost overwhelmed with the lie that my situation was never going to change. My heart was never going to be healed. “Where then is my hope? Who can see any hope for me?” Job 17:15
Ever felt this way? “This pain will never end. This relationship will never be reconciled. This hurt will never be healed. I will never be happy. I will never be made whole. My life will always be this way.” Any of those fit? Satan lies to you when you are at the lowest and then he beats you when you’re down.
Depression and despair are his tools. He is a hope stealer and he works in the absolutes of never and always. But there is hope. Lift up your head there’s hope in God alone. “LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! Many are they that rise up against me. Many there be which say of my soul, there is no help for him in God. Selah. BUT you, O LORD, are a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter of my head.” Ps 3:1-3 Your hope and trust must not be in other people or things; rather your hope must be in Jesus and His Word.
Your hope is based on God’s love and grace in the midst of the suffering you are undergoing. The weeping prophet Jeremiah considered his own position, he says, “I have seen affliction by the rod of His wrath. He (God) has led me in darkness and turned His hand against me. He has aged my flesh, broken my bones and surrounded me with bitterness and woe. He has hedged me in and made my chains heavy. He shuts out my prayer and blocks my way. He has torn me in pieces and made me desolate. I have become the ridicule of my people and He has made me drink wormwood. He has broken my teeth and covered me with ashes.
Yet, I recall to my mind and have hope- through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed. Great is Your faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, says my soul, therefore I will hope in Him.” Lamentations 3:1-24 Can you turn your back on all your complaints and afflictions that would cause you to be depressed and crushed beyond measure and proclaim, “The LORD is my portion. I will trust in Him.”? Or is your health your hope? Is your wealth your hope? Is happiness your hope? Is safety your hope? When your path is blocked and your prayer seemingly falls on deaf ears, is God your portion and your hope?
This is the prophet’s hope….hope in God alone. Not a hope in what we want Him to do or what we want Him to give us, how we want Him to heal us or provide for us; but in HIM alone. These days require this hope alone. When all is stripped away, there is a remnant church that will proclaim, “the Lord is my portion and my hope”. Hope in Him alone. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. #runyourrace
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