Why to Have Hope!
There are times in our lives that we face things that seem overwhelming and too difficult for us to handle. We face trying times where we feel like we are trapped between a rock and a hard place with no way out. There are circumstances in our lives where we just want to throw up our hands and give up! It is during these times that we begin losing hope. We believe there is nothing that can be done to help us during these devastating times. But the truth is, there is one who can help us in our most difficult and hurtful moments in life! His name is the Lord God! Is there anything too hard for the Lord our God to handle? Is there anything too difficult for the Lord God to fix? No, not at all!
Let us consider the following things that the Lord God has already done:
SPOKE everything into existence in seven days! Genesis 1
Caused Sarah to become pregnant in her old age! Genesis 21:2
Spoke through a burning bush and a donkey! Exodus 3:1-17 & Numbers 22:28
Parted the Red Sea! Exodus 14:21
Kept Daniel from being eaten by lions in a pit! Daniel 6:21-22
Delivered the 3 Hebrew children from the fiery furnace! Daniel 3
Cause the flooding Jordon River to stop flowing completely and cause the ground to become hard so the people could walk across it immediately! Joshua 3:15&16
Fed thousands with five loaves of bread and two fish! Matthew 14:19-20
He raised Lazarus from the dead! John 11:38-44
Healed a paralyzed man and forgave his sins! Luke 5:17-39
Restored the sight of a blind man! Mark 8:35
And the greatest thing Jesus did was He paid our debt by dying on the cross and then He rose from the grave! Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, & John 20
WOW! When I look at these mighty things that God has done in the past, the more difficult it is for me to believe that there is anything my God cannot do or handle! You might be sitting there thinking to yourself, those are just stories in some book. Yes, they are stories, but not just any stories in some book. These are stories about a God who loves you and wants to move in your life if you allow him to!
See, I know these to be stories to be true. The reason why I know them to be true is that the same God who moved then is the same God who has moved in my own life! God never changes! (Hebrews 13:8) If He did all those things back then, then He will still do things today to help those who call on His name! (Psalm 50:15 & 145:18)
Is it sometimes hard to believe that God sees us hurting? Yes! Yes, it is! But that is where faith comes in. It is about trusting that God has you in the palm of His hand. That He sees each and every tear that falls down your face, each and every piercing pain that runs through in your heart. Not only does He see these things, He can and He will carry you through them! I can say that with confidence because He has been faithful to carry me through all of my difficult and trying times. He has healed my broken heart time and time again. He has restored my strength when I wanted to give up.
I want to encourage you today, that whatever you are facing in your life, not matter your circumstances, cry out to the Lord God for help! Trust that He hears you in your pain and believe that there is nothing too hard for Him! I want to leave you with this verse from a prayer that the Prophet Jeremiah prayer in Jeremiah 32: “O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you!”