We all have times when we feel like we cannot HOPE anymore. Support systems fail, friends fail, family fails, church “family” fails, organizations and programs fail, we fail. It even seems as if God has failed us. Our world becomes out of control and we get to the point where we are tempted to give up hoping. Some actually succeed in giving up and find themselves in a black hole that feels eternal. Some die. The process begins to happen when darkness settles in and takes up residence somewhere in our lives, our minds
Hopelessness for the Christian is not true. It’s a lie. Oh, the actual feeling is real, the emotional toll on the health of the body is real, sometimes to the point of death. However, its reason for taking up residence and control of your life is not. God decided before the foundations of the earth were laid that His people would be recipients of all He has. He did not intend for us to live unproductive, defeated lives.
Now is the time to begin to put a halt to the downward spiral into the blackened depths of despair. If you have hit bottom then it’s time to start your way out. Invite Jesus into that darkness and see what happens. Keep inviting Him until you sense something happening and thank Him for being there.
I have never forgotten a statement a previous pastor made from the pulpit during a time of ungraspable chaos in my life: “When you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart.” Tracing God’s hand means you can see His influence in your circumstances. Trusting God’s heart is done by learning about His character and resting your thoughts upon the Word regarding His character. At that time in my life I felt I had nothing tangible connecting me with a God in control of the boundless chaos and this statement helped me to rest in His absolutes.
Made a mistake? In the Bible, Jesus was always receptive of those who erred. Feel rejected or condemned? Jesus didn’t pass judgment and was always accepting of the outcast. Overwhelmed by grief? He wants to help. He’s not afraid of our messes. He’s not afraid of our dirt, and life gets dirty.
There are times in life when, no matter how hard we try, no matter what we do or pray, we cannot see, feel, or hear God. When the circumstances are yelling at you that God is mad at you, or He’s abandoned you, or you feel like He is condemning you, then take a deeper look at His character. The Bible says, “God is love,” all over the place throughout the book. This means He has a character of love. If He is Love, then where is your condemnation coming from? Others’ judgments of you? You because of flawed choices? Maybe the feeling of emptiness (God isn’t there) is because of constant decisions to be busy about things other than be with God. Whatever the case may be, God isn’t doing it. We are the ones who turn away from Him and then wonder why we are in such a mess. The Word says He will never leave us nor forsake us.
As I said before, begin to invite Him into that area of hopelessness in your heart and life. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you. He is so very ready to be in there, in the dark, with you, revealing All that He is and to give you all that you need for your moment. We are ALL required to invite Him in so He can fill us with the Hope we need.
Romans 15:13 “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”