Hope – even in life’s darkest moments

Friday August 24, 2018 Written by Published in Church Talk
“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.” (Isaiah 40:31). 18082306 “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.” (Isaiah 40:31). 18082306

The dictionary definition of hope is “to desire something with confidence in the expectation of its fulfillment”.

The state of hopelessness has been appropriately described by some as a type of “Hell on Earth”, filled with endless misery 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 – and 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.

God Wants Us To Trust In Him

Paul wrote that when you place your trust in God, He will fill you with peace, joy, and assurance. (Romans 15:13)

Throughout the Bible, God proves His faithfulness to His people by leading them safely through or delivering them from all their predicaments and troubles.

He will never leave or forsake His people – His plans are to prosper, not to harm them. (Jeremiah 29:11)

People and things will always let us down.

In Psalm 33:17, the horse is often used as a symbol of power but is declared a vain hope for deliverance.

Despite all its great strength, it cannot save.

And in Jeremiah 7:5, God echoes a stern warning against placing our dependency on man.

He says, “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord”.

God wants us to trust in Him. Psalm 147:11 tells us that He is delighted when we put our trust in Him, and in Hebrew 10:23 we are told to rely on Him for He who promised it is faithful.

Benefits Of A Christian Life

To reap the benefits of the Christian life and to have protection, guidance, freedom from depression and advice from the Holy Spirit, one must be in a growing and genuine relationship with God.

An intimate relationship with God has the unique privilege of talking to and hearing from Him, but this, the greatest resource available, is often neglected.

Christians should always pray! Even in the darkest moments when you don’t feel His presence and 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”. (Psalm 46:1)

“He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us.” (2 Corinthians 1:10)

When you continually place your faith and trust in God through His Son, Jesus, who gave His life for the sins of this world, you can be assured of eternity with Him.

And if you can trust Him with our eternity, surely we can trust Him for our earthly and daily cares.

Jesus said that as God clothes the grass of the field, so will He clothe us even 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.” (Matthew 6:30-32)

God’s Assurance

“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 Corinthians 2:9)

Even if you reach what you consider to be your lowest point, God’s Word encourages us in Matthew 28:20 NLT to “be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age”. This is God’s assurance that He will never leave or forsake you.

He will give you peace and comfort even in the worst of circumstances, then lead you through, over or around the muck and filth of your situation, and again set your feet on solid ground.

Here’s a wonderful promise to claim when you find yourself in a despondent situation. Isaiah 40:31 says that “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”.

Our God is the God of new beginnings – with Him, nothing is impossible.

Whether you are very young or considered to be very old, trust in Him because with Him it is always just the beginning.

You may even find yourself in such a situation through divorce, death of a spouse, poor health, financial struggles, or whatever, that may force you to begin all over again, but is that so bad? Trusting God in difficult times forces us to seek His guidance, and to trust in Him.

Trusting God through these uncharted waters takes faith and courage, but is worth every effort. The path of His choosing is the only one that leads to true happiness.

“May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing (through the experience of your faith) that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.” (Rom 15:13, Amp)

            Pastor Eric Toleafoa

            Seventh-Day Adventist Church

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