Lack of hope is the ultimate agony in suffering. We all suffer, go through disappointments, distress and challenges that are seemingly insurmountable. Our Lord, however, seeks our joy, and gives us hope. Jesus said, ‘truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy.’ In other words He is saying, You are going through a brief time of sorrow and pain, and you’re going to come out the other side, and your grief will be turned into joy like how during child-birth we go through pain and anguish but in the end produces abundant joy.
No matter what this life looks like, may we find our joy in God, in Christ and in the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, and in His word.
Daniel confidently proclaimed God’s sovereignty over time and circumstance when he declared, “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are His. He changes times and seasons; He sets up kings and deposes them” (Daniel 2:20-21). And Acts 14:17 reminds us that the changing seasons are a gift from above: “He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons.” Just as there are seasons of the year, there are also God-ordained seasons of life. Often there is success, sometimes there is failure. There are seasons of health and seasons of sickness, seasons of certainty and seasons of doubt and disappointment. There are happy days and lonely nights. Happy are they who find joy in every season of life. God knows where you are today and He knows where you will be tomorrow.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Why don’t things turn out the way I want? Why do I have to be the one to suffer when everyone around me are seemingly happy? Sometimes, we wish we could write our own story! Maybe, today nothing makes sense in your life. Everything seems to be just a heap of ashes. But our God makes beauty out of ashes. He can use your broken life to bring healing and hope to someone who is going through similar paths. Oh that we would trust Him even if the twists and turns never make sense this side of heaven. That’s what trusting God is all about. The dark places are simply opportunities to trust that God knows best and He can write a better story, more than you can ask or think.
There is something great that happens when we praise the Lord. It is really hard to be down and discouraged when we are praising Him. You know praise gets our thoughts off of us and our situations and puts them on God. When I consider myself, I think of only what I can do. I am limiting myself to my own ability and to my own resources. But, when I praise God, my focus changes to Him and His power and abilities. I am so thankful that my God is so much more than I will ever need. I will never exhaust His resources. He will defend me in the face of my enemies and cause me to triumph in all things. That is why we can say along with David, I will bless the Lord at all times, and His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalms 34:1
The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you. Deuteronomy 31:8
– The Lord knows the situations that come your way.
– He’s making a way for you.
– He is already placing what you will need in your future.
– Nothing catches God by surprise, He knows and His plan is a ‘great deliverance’.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You that You Yourself go before me and You will be with me. You will never leave me nor forsake me and You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. In Jesus’ Name Amen.
Psalm 18:16-19 He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemies who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me.
God delights in you! When disaster comes, He is there to give you the help and support you need.
Dear Lord, Sometimes I feel alone and discouraged. Thank You for the reminder that You delight in me. When nobody can help, You have come to my aid. Thank You Jesus, Amen.
He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
Are you tired of failing over and over again and are tempted to give up? Do you feel whenever you try to be the best is the time you fail the most?
FAILURE- That awful dreaded word. What do we do when we fail? First, acknowledge your failure, accept God’s forgiveness, arise from the failure and start again.
No matter what you may be facing today, God is with you! And He says to you, “ I am not finished with you yet, I have a plan for you!”
For I the Lord your God hold your right hand; I am the Lord, Who says to you, Fear not; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13
Does the situation you are in seem beyond you? The Lord says He will help you. Remember this:
– You are not alone.
– God is there for you, to take you by the hand.
– Be encouraged – God will see you through.
– Fear not, for God will help you.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I place my hand in Yours today. Lead me and guide me and help me I pray. Amen
When trials confront us we blame ourselves or others for the troubles we face; We don’t realize that God has brought us into a place of struggle. Sometimes, He brings us to a place of desperation where we feel helpless and hopeless. But our faith can be greatly encouraged when we understand that He has a purpose in it all. “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy” (1 Peter 4:12-13).
He wants you to emerge from your trials stronger in character, stronger in faith, stronger in Jesus. Because He loves you!
What’s concerning you today? Is there a situation that you’re apprehensive about? If so, you can place your worries in God’s great hands.
The Lord gently holds us. We have to worry, wonder, or fear the future. He hears our prayers and knows the concerns of our hearts.
Beloved, if your heavenly Father cares for the birds, and feeds them every day, how much more will He care for you, His dear, precious child! Let your heart be at rest as you hear Him say to you, “Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 6:26