9. If You’ve Lost Hope
Slide 5 of 5
1 Peter 5:10
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Yes, there are times in our lives which have been gut-wrenching, we have faced heartache and loss, and times of uncertainty, but this life is not all there is. One day God will wipe away all tears from our eyes (Revelation 21:4). One day this pandemic, and all challenges and crises it holds, will be a distant memory.
In the Meantime
How do we continue on when it’s so difficult and sometimes seems impossible? God tells us the things which are impossible with man are possible with God (Luke 18:27). So we take whatever faith we have and put it in the one who holds everything together: our Father, the one who sacrificed his own Son for us, so that we could live with him eternally.
This is certainly one time in history that we can, and should, exercise our faith. And if your faith is small right now, or if you have none, as you get into God’s Word you will acquire faith which comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17).
Remember being carried to bed as a child? Someone would pick you up and you would nuzzle your head into their neck. When things get hard, let God carry you. That’s how much he loves you.
And as you reflect on God listen to one of my favorite songs by Nathan Peterson called Rest in You. When he and his wife Heather, lost their 14-month old daughter, Livie, to Trisomy 18, this song which he wrote took on new meaning. God can help us rest in him.
A Prayer for All of Us in this Pandemic
Father, I lift up each person that is reading this today. Lord, you know their heartache and feelings as we are all in this pandemic. God, thank you that you are bigger than anything we face. Thank you that you are available to us 24/7. And that all we have to do is call on you and you hear our prayers. God, this has been hard. Unbearable at times, and if it wasn’t for you, none of us could go through this. But we thank you that you are sovereign. You are God Almighty. Give us what we need, Father, to continue on. For we ask it in your Son’s most precious and Holy name. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Photo Credit: ©GettyImages/899429