“When the storm continued raging, we finally gave up hope”. The last thing we throw overboard when we face a crisis is hope. And when we throw that away, we’ve pretty much ‘ had it’. Are you wrestling with an issue that’s been battering you back and forth? Have you come to the point where you’ve thrown things out, and now you’re at the point of despair? Remember, the sailors on Paul’s ship finally gave up all hope because they forgot that God was in control. They forgot He had a plan. And they forgot that He can inject hope into an absolutely hopeless situation. When the Bible speaks of hope, it’s not talking about luck, or chance, or accident. No, it’s about focused faith in God. (Excerpt from Word for today)
Really, its easier said than done because I have struggled so much just to earn a quietness in my soul in the past week, due to some terrible pains and symptoms I’ve had. I’ve felt like I was slipping down a valley with no one to hold me steady and bring me back to the mountain top. I’ve wept much from aches. I’ve felt so helpless and abandoned, sinking down into the very depths of despair…But, what has given me solace is the fact that, God is greater, bigger, truer and better than every negative feeling I have had and could still possibly have. And like a friend told me lately, “God’s too faithful to fail”. Have you heard that cliche too?
We can hope in him and not be disappointed, because we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Every detail of our life is worked into something good because He’s the owner and the originator. He remains the architect and designer of our lives. If and only if, we don’t despair and give up on our faith in Him…
Scripture enjoins us to be strong and take heart. We also know that God’s eyes are upon those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.
God’s not dead. We can count on Him today, tomorrow, next tomorrow and always.
Keep Living Strong.