To the Hopeless & the Hurting,
Right now, all seems lost and all seems grim.
The disease, the bankruptcy, the affair, the death, the circumstance; it seems too much for one person to bear alone and you wonder how you’ll press on.
Broken and full of hurt, you wonder, where is God in all of this?
If God is so good, why doesn’t He swoop in to save the day?
I know you feel abandoned, but you’re not.
I know you don’t feel Him, but He’s there right besides you in every ounce of pain.
He hears your cries, knows your heart, and knows every last tear you shed.
He is in the trenches with you and holding you up with His mighty strength.
In fact, He’s fighting for you and leading you right now. No matter how much you feel weak and helpless, the mighty God is your pillar of strength in all, but especially in times of trouble and grief.
You not only matter to Him, He is passionate about YOU, and loves you with a depth you can barely comprehend.
And that ache of pain and heartache you feel, He sees it and knows how much you hurt.
He knows your feeling of hopelessness, and has experienced a deep loss of His own.
His only Son, Jesus Christ, was innocently slain and wrongfully put to death.
The difference in His story and yours is He chose this pain, for YOU.
With Jesus’ innocent death on the cross, He bore your sin and bridged the gap between sinful man and a perfect God, allowing man to live in harmony with his Heavenly Father at the moment of repentance.
No more would man have to live life alone, but this true act of love erased all sin and all of life’s disappointments in one single act.
But thankfully the story doesn’t end there.
No, the story doesn’t end with death and sorrow.
Three days later, the world gained true hope as Jesus’ disciples discovered the empty tomb.
Death had been defeated and Jesus had risen from the grave, giving new life to all who believe!
True Hope was created by a loving God who didn’t leave His people here on earth abandoned and hopeless.
My friend, as all hope seems lost and the storms of life are crashing in around you, may you take comfort in knowing that Hope lives. His name is Jesus.
The hope of Jesus can conquer any fear, any illness, and any situation that seems impossible.
Surrender your heart and your burdens to His loving hands, trusting that He holds your hope for tomorrow.
Your hope is NOT in the circumstances of this world.
And when you feel that you just can’t shoulder your burdens anymore, remember that you don’t have to and you were never meant to do this life alone.
Take a hold of God’s hand, let Him heal your heart and bring you through this storm. Even if the worst moments, know that His hope will pierce through the darkness and bring restoration to your weary heart.
He will use your pain for His glory and make beauty from ashes when you allow Him to heal your broken spirit.
I am praying for your hurting heart today, but I know in God’s arms, there’s no better place for you to be!
Are you hurting and feeling hopeless? What situation are you facing that seems impossible? How can I partner with you and pray with you during this troubled time?