How has your week been? TGIF right? Lol…
You know, lately I have been feeling so out of it…just downcast in my spirit and I couldn’t seem to put my finger on it…. couldn’t say exactly why ….
Is that something you can relate to?
We all battle feelings of discouragement or sadness from time to time but perhaps one of the worst things that can happen to us in this life is for us to lose hope…
In Psalm 43: 5 we see an all too familiar scenario of the Psalmist David’s internal struggle,perhaps due to his external circumstances. As humans we naturally become overwhelmed,especially when things do not seem to be going in our favour…we forget how far God has brought us from and we lose sight of past victories and blessings…Sometimes,like David we have to remind ourselves to Hope in God…
But what is hope?
John Piper (who happens to be one of my FAVOURITE Bible teachers of all time) expressed it this way….
“Biblical hope not only desires something good for the future — it expects it to happen.”
Hope then speaks to an earnest expectation that something good will happen in the future.So we hope to travel someday,, we hope to graduate from college,we hope Jesus will return one day….
So where does this hope come from?
What I have come to realise is that anything outside of God is fickle and therefore undependable…bound to fail…therefore our only hope comes from the Word of God.It is in the promises of God that we find that firm assurance that it shall be well…even inspite of our external circumstances….
Our emotions may change overtime depending on what is happening in and around us,(which is why we cannot be governed by how we feel in the moment) however,when we read His Word we are reminded of His Faithfulness and this builds our confidence…. this is why David said in Psalms 119:49, “… remember your words upon which you have caused me to hope…”
So How do we overcome these feelings of discouragement or hopelessness?
In Hebrews 10 : 35, we are admonished, “cast not away your confidence, in it is great reward…”
The answer to every problem we face is in the Word of God.Although it is natural for us to experience these emotions,when we are grounded in God’s Word,we can live everyday in hope.The Apostle Paul explained it this way in 2 Corinthians 4:8-18:
8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed…
14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you…
16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
Here is something that I have come to realise…anytime I feel myself becoming overwhelmed,I find that there is some kind of disconnect between me and God…
I find that when I am slacking up in my quiet time and my devotion to Him,I start to become flustered…the more I spend time with God,the more at peace I am…. having a relationship with God is of Paramount importance….everything that we face in this life should be approached from a place of intimacy with God.
Let me encourage you Beloved, if you are feeling discouraged or downhearted,you are not alone…do not allow those feelings to overcome you and prevent you from living a victorious life…. God has the solution to EVERY problem you may face…Go to Him,in Him you will find Hope….
So then,“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope…” Romans 15:13 (ESV)
Heaven bless you….
I am praying for you.
I am your sister,