Updated: Sep 5, 2019
Have you ever felt hopeless? Perhaps you're in a season right now where you can relate.
Honestly, I have had my fair share of experiencing hopelessness in my own personal life. Some days are good and others not so good and by the grace of our God, we seem to make it through the one day to the next. But then there are days of complete hopelessness. Hopelessness in not seeing our expectations met or not receiving answers to our much faith-filled prayers. We read in the Word of God that hope deferred will put a heart in despair.
During these times in my life I have learned to ask myself the following questions: Firstly, what has caused me to feel so hopeless, and secondly, what is keeping me there?
My answers to these questions are almost always the same. Yes, it can be circumstantial, but I have come to the understanding that when I am experiencing hopelessness for whatever reason, It is very often because I have taken my eyes and my heart off my God. I have allowed myself to look into the eyes of people and not the eyes of my God. I have shared my heart and my desire with people and not my God. And without knowing, I have given myself permission to doubt if my God really sees me, hears me and will come through for me. You see, the circumstance or event might lead me there, but it is my permission to doubt that keeps me there. My permission to doubt myself and my permission to doubt if my God will move my mountain once again. If He will bring comfort once again. If He will provide once again. I am so thankful that God has proven me wrong every time. His character is true and trustworthy.
Because of this, I have learned that hope; true, deep, raw hope is a feeling of trust. It is a feeling of vulnerability in my God. Placing my hope in the One that is trustworthy.
My sister, if this is you today I want to encourage you to keep on hoping. Keep on trusting. Keep on hoping upon HOPE. He will come through for you. Your hopeless situation or downcast heart is the perfect opportunity for our God to remind you of who He is and to move on your behalf once again.
Will you have hope again in the One that you know is trustworthy? Will you once again lay your hopeless heart before Him and instead of giving yourself permission to doubt, give yourself permission to hope upon HOPE?
I pray that this writing will bless your heart and that you will find new hope; a knowing of trust in the week to come.