Are you feeling heavy with burdens that seem too hard to bear? Do you sometimes wish you could crawl into a hole and disappear? In this troubled world we live in, have we tried finding hope in God?
FINDING HOPE IN GOD
As I reading a post from my former blog, it reminded me that God is our hope no matter what we are going through. This post is an updated version of that earlier writing. May you find encouragement as I did.
Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.
With so much evil, sickness and pain rampant in our society we feel helpless and wonder if there is anything we can do. My heart is heavy with its own burdens, and I suspect most of us carry burdens unknown to others. May God have mercy on us and comfort us.
Hope Even Through Lament
There are no easy answers to all the problems. At least I don’t know of them. What I do know is that there is a God whose ways are higher than our ways. We cannot completely understand why He allows some things and not others.
God is good and it grieves Him when evil raises its ugly head. As I thought about all this and prayed, I penned this poem of lament.
God is working in our hearts and in the world today even though we don’t always see. He is in the process of redeeming not only us, but the whole world and everything in it. One day we will all bow before God and worship Him.
Until then there will be evil, pain, sickness, and many other things we cannot explain. He did not promise an easy time of it, but He did promise to be with us and bring peace to our hearts. He has given His Holy Spirit to be with us through the good and bad times.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Hope Grows with Love
Because of Jesus we can have hope even when there is evil all around. We may feel small and helpless, unable to help ourselves, much less someone else. But even in the midst of pain and struggles, we can encourage someone else as we trust in Him. Hope grows as we show love, sharing what we have with others.
I have some special friends, who I only know online, but they are very dear to me. We encourage each other almost every day as we pray, share art, words, scriptures and songs together.
We always point each other back to God, reminding us of the hope we have in Him. As we are drawn closer to each other and in unity with God, our faith grows. We see there is much to be thankful for even in our hard circumstances.
Colossians 3:12-15 (CSB)
Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you are also to forgive. Above all, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. And let the peace of Christ, to which you were also called in one body, rule your hearts. And be thankful.
We were not meant to face our trials alone. God made us for community, and we need each other.
Is there someone you could encourage today with a simple word or act of kindness? Or do you need to reach out to someone to ask for help? Can you join others in finding hope in God?
I would love to say a prayer for us all today:
I come to you with a heart that is full of gratitude to You for your love and mercy. Many of us are facing trials that seem too hard to bear, but You know all about them. Each one is important to You.
Please encourage our hearts through Your word and through friends who come alongside us. Give us the courage to lay our burdens at Your feet, to put our trust wholly in You and to wait with patience and hope for your answers.
When You seem far away, help us to remember that we are never out of Your sight. You hold us in Your hands and nothing can take us away. Your faithful love is always with us.
In the name of Jesus I pray,
May God give us hearts of gratitude as we put our trust in Him. Our pain may continue, our struggles will vary, but God is with us through them all.
Romans 15:13 (CSB)
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.