Finding hope in difficult times
BY PASTOR MARK WHITTEMORE
Pequot Lakes Baptist Church
Hope means “to desire something with confident expectation of its fulfillment.”
The state of hopelessness has been aptly described as a type of “Hell on Earth” filled with endless despondency and despair. Today, more and more people are finding themselves alone and depressed, and few of us have not at one time or another felt the sting of despondency and despair.
But good news! Help is available, though not the kind the world has wherein it wishes for the best. It is one thing to wish, and quite another to have faith based on the promises of God.
In order to reap the benefits of the Christian life and to have protection, guidance and comfort from the Holy Spirit one must first be born again and become a child of God. The born again child of God has the unique privilege of talking to and hearing from God; but this, the greatest resource available, is often neglected.
We should always pray! Even in the darkest moments, when you don’t feel His presence, or think you will never smile again, pray anyway, because He is there; He is listening and is an “ever present help in time of trouble” (Psa 46:1).
Jesus said that as God clothes the grass of the field, so will He clothe us all the more. He tells us not to worry about what we shall eat or drink or how we will be clothed. The “heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things” (Matt 6:30-32).
“Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Cor 2:9). Even if you reach what you consider to be your lowest point, God’s word says He will never leave or forsake you (Matt 28:20).
He will give you peace and comfort even in the worst of circumstances, then lead you through, over or around the muck and mire of your situation, and again set your feet on solid ground. Trusting God in the midst of uncharted waters takes faith and courage but is worth every effort.
Isn’t this a wonderful promise “... those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Is 40:31).
Jesus is our solid rock
Christians often find a depth of peace that passes understanding during times of crises and trials; times that may even drive others to drink or suicide. This is the blessed comfort of the Holy Spirit who indwells each and every born again believer.
Through Him, even in the midst of terrible, devastating and humiliating experiences we can have the peace, joy and hope that passes all understanding (Phil 4:7). God’s promises can be our genuine source of hope that does not disappoint.
Jesus is our solid rock, and because of Him death is not the end! Even when we are carried by the angels to our glorious home in Heaven we can know that He is with us. The best is yet to come!
(Adopted from article by Samuel Mills.)