You know the hours. weeks. months. the ones that leave you feeling hopeless. One morning you wake up and it hits you. Your alarm is going off and you hit snooze and roll over. The sense of Hopelessness sits on the corner of your bed urging you to stay under the covers. Reluctantly you get out of bed at the last possible minute and go through the motions of the day. Your Bible, filled with great truths and glorious words, sits on the night stand unopened. The book you normally love to wake up early to read and enjoy your coffee with remains shut. and why?
You can’t bring yourself to open the book.
You can’t bring yourself to pray.
You wonder ‘God, why am I feeling like this? Why is all of my motivation suddenly gone?’
Everything feels out of place.
Welcome to my world. The ups and downs of life. The times the Word of God is alive and speaking to me and the times I am not listening or pursuing the Word. Like you I am human. I have feelings, thoughts and dreams. Most of the time my life is good and I am able to find joy in the smallest of things. However, there are times that Hopelessness sits on my bed with me and speaks to me. Hopelessness tells me there is no point in getting up this morning, what is your purpose because I don’t see one, opening your bible won’t help you feel better, you will never be healed, and on and on it goes…
After letting Hopelessness sit with me for three weeks I opened my bible. And let me tell you I should’ve opened it the minute Hopelessness came to join me. But I didn’t and that in itself was a lesson God was teaching me.
So what did I learn when I opened that powerful book?
The Lord Jesus Christ gave us HOPE. Hope that in our sufferings and hard times we are made stronger. Our character is built along with our Hope in Jesus Christ. He does not disappoint us. For this reason we can put our total Hope in Him.
I love Isaiah 40:28-31 because it says…
28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but 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.
We put our total trust in the Lord our everlasting God because He gives us strength and power. When we are feeling down and discouraged we can have Hope that He is using us. His plans are so great and mighty. Don’t lose Hope. Don’t let Hopelessness sit with you.