So you’re stuck in a rut. Everything’s going wrong, you’re upset, hurt by the storm that’s ravaging your life. Every time you think it can’t get any worse, it does. You wonder if God is ever going to rescue you from this mess.
I know what it’s like. I know what it’s like to be praying for something to turn around, to throw yourself at God’s feet and cry for Him to fix it like only He can.
But then He doesn’t. Or, at least, it doesn’t seem like it. He’s not listening, or He’s just stopped caring. When we start to question that, we can lose all hope.
But stop right there. Friends, stop before you convince yourself that God doesn’t love you, or have time for you, or care to fix your problems. Those are lies.
Here’s the truth, no matter our circumstances: God is almighty, He hears all of our prayers, He loves us more than we can ever imagine, and He will bring us out of the storm.
I totally understand that it might be hard to believe, and that those doubts can start to be a whole lot more convincing when it seems that all your desperate pleas are going unanswered. I mean, can you hear me, God? *taps microphone* Is this thing on?
When those doubts start to creep in and hope seems to be dancing away, I challenge you to open up to God’s Word, because that’s the only thing that can really squash those lies of doubt creeping up on us. So, here are a few Psalms that I think are particularly hope-giving: Psalm 30, 31, 46, 116.
Psalm 30 says something beautiful that just really stood out to me (and actually inspired this post). The second part of verse 5 says: Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.
I also think the book of Philippians is great. After all, Paul wrote about joy and contentment and living for Christ while he was in prison for his faith. Just wow. (For more on Paul and his enduring faith, see this post.) I recently read through it when I was struggling with worry and fear. I’m telling you: God’s Word soothes and heals and provides peace like nothing and no one else can.
The Bible never says that we won’t suffer, that there won’t be storms. In fact, pick just about any book of the New Testament, and I’m sure that it mentions tests, trials, or persecution at some point.
But the beauty is in the unshakable truth that God is with us through the storms, and He will bring us out on the other side. That’s a promise.
I understand that sometimes it’s rough, sometimes it’s a whole lot easier to focus on the storm and lose ourselves to despair. But that’s not what God has in mind for us.
He has a plan for us that is so much greater than anything we can imagine. We just have to sit back and trust that he knows better than we do. Sit back and relax in our faith.