“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13:12)
The very worst times with my illness have not necessarily been when I’ve been the most ill. No, I think the worst times have been when I hoped, expected–wanted with all my heart–to see improvement.
I would think that perhaps a new treatment would improve my condition, a new doctor might better understand my situation and offer real help. Maybe a new diet, a new supplement, maybe an improvement in circumstances would help–only to find that nothing changed, or that the condition worsened. Such times can put a serious strain on our hope and feeling hopeless is our norm.
We dare not put aside our hope, chuck out our optimism, because we need hope and optimism even more when beset by affliction. Yet somehow we must cushion our minds so that we are not undone by continual setbacks.
When we believers are knocked to our knees, we can always look up and pray, and the Lord can lift us above our circumstances, giving us peace and strength in place of worry and weakness. But how does one without help from above ever get up off of the floor? Thankfully we have help from above.
We will, at times, be struck by disappointment and discouragement. We will hqve timesof feeling hopeless. We may even need help getting up off of the floor when we get knocked down by bad news or circumstances. Thankfully we can call upon the Lord, we can share our burdens with trusted friends and family members, and find comfort for our bruised souls.
We all will hit the brick wall of disappointment, but we need not lie down and let discouragement cripple us. We can get back up with the Lord’s help, find compassion and kindness from friends and family members, and always remember that disappointment doesn’t last forever.
Maybe your hope is wearing thin, perhaps endless disappointments have robbed you of strength, stolen your optimism, and now discouragement is knocking on your door. It is time to call upon the Lord, ask Him to help you to see beyond these troubles and setbacks that are threatening to steal your hope.
With God all things are possible, and that is the power you need right now to get past discouragement and revive your hope. You need the power of the possible. It is found through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Dear Lord, when our hope wears thin and we cannot stop feeling hopeless, when we are surrounded by disappointment and falling prey to discouragement, come to our aid, revive our hope, because we know that with You all things are possible. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. God is his strength when hope wears thin and discouragement comes knocking.
Do you find your hope wearing thin? Does it seem that sometimes you cannot pick yourself back up after additional disappointment, but instead you keep feeling hopeless? What do you do to change these feelings?
Matt Maher sings “Alive Again.” If you are feeling hopeless today and at the end of your rope, this song will bless you and help you remember you are not alone. -Lisa