Finding Hope in Difficult Times
Our Hope is in the Lord
It is of the Lords mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. (Lamentations 3:22-25).
What encouraging words from God’s Word! When everything around us seems hopeless, we can still have hope in the Lord. His faithfulness is great to His people and we can trust in him.
When you are lonely, you can find peace in the words found in Lamentations 3:22-25 and you can find hope to face each new day in the Lord.
Hang on to the Promises of God
In God’s Word we read that God will “never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). We also read that God “knows the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11). Take courage and strength for today in knowing that God keeps His promises to us. God can deliver us from hopelessness in our lives.
Obey the Lord
God’s Word says, “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:10,11). Obedience yields joy. If you are willing to follow the laws of the Lord, as given to us in scripture, God will fill your life with joy. And in life filled with joy, there is no room for hopelessness.
Persevere to the End
In scripture we read, “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope; and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us”(Romans 5:3-5). If you look to the Lord, and trust in Him, he will use those hard times of hopelessness in your life to make you a better person and to give you hope for the future. When hard times come, don’t get bitter & get better. And don’t give up. See your trials and tribulations through to the end, trusting in your Lord and Savior to do mighty things for you.
Expect God to Work Things Out
In Romans 8:28, we read that “All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” What wonderful hope can be found when you know that God will work everything out for your good. Sometimes it’s hard to see, but believe it’s true. God loves you. He wants the best for you. When you desire to live for Him, He will bring you through times of hopelessness and give you new joy in Him.