A dark cloud hovering above. The mind repeatedly sending the message of “just give up”. Eyes looking ahead seeing only darkness and defeat. What happens when we find ourselves at this point in life? Where do we go from here? Our heart is heavy and we’re weighed down by disappointment. How do we move forward? How do we overcome the hopelessness settling over us? These are questions that race through our minds as we try to find our way out, as we crave help to show up in some way.
When times are trying, we must make every attempt possible to take a step to our Savior-no matter how small the step may be. Romans 15:13 says, “Now may God, the fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with his super-abundance until you radiate with hope”(TPT). Paul brings such powerful words that show believers that Jesus Christ is our fountain of hope! He is our only hope in this life. When we think about the image of a fountain, it could be a beautiful picture in our mind-a continuous flow of water that never ceases, always providing, always moving. The hope Jesus provides is the same-a continuous flow weaving in and out of our life through every circumstance we face. When we allow this hope to enter into every space of our being, we radiate with His peace, we move through life with love, and we live freely with the knowledge of His Providence.
Taking this first step requires effort and a sense of obedience on our part. When we find ourselves in the valley of despair, mustering up the motivation to begin to climb the mountain in front of us seems daunting. And, it is. We were not meant to climb alone; we were meant to take a step back and allow Jesus to lead us up the path He’s paved. When we attempt in our own strength, we end up wanting to give up so easily especially when the view seems bleak. No matter where we find ourselves, or what difficult circumstances we’re facing, we must pull from the strength of Jesus and allow Him to take our hand and pull us up from the abyss. His hands will be there, always, ready and willing to provide all we need.
Psalm 42:5, “So then, my soul, why would you be depressed? Why would you sink into despair? Just keep hoping and waiting on God, your Savior. For no matter what, I will still sing praise, for you are my saving grace” (TPT).
In that first step towards Jesus, we must remember to go to Him in prayer and offer up our praises to Him, continuously, in spite of the unsteady ground beneath our feet. In the beginning, we might find it difficult to praise, but lifting a simple “thank you” can help lighten the heaviness in our hearts. The barrier that’s been built between us and God will break, and the saving grace that is so freely offered will wash over you. Then, His love, mercy, and kindness will come rushing in, and His arms will wrap so gently around you offering comfort to your wearried heart. Paul tells us in Romans 12:12, “Let this hope burst forth within you, releasing continual joy. Don’t give up in a time of trouble, but commune with God at all times” (TPT). Don’t give up, and allow God’s hope to burst through the wall so that the continual joy fills you to the brim of life.
Jesus is our hope-a hope that lives within us and is always faithful, always trusting, always perfect in His ways. We will face difficult times in our life, but we can stand firm on the promises He’s given to us. We can approach His throne during the storms of life with a confidence that our Savior Jesus holds our hearts together, loves us through and through, and gives us a hope that is unwavering, fully alive, and beautifully pure and priceless.
Hebrews 10:23: “So now wrap your heart tightly around the hope that lives within us, knowing that God always keeps his promises!” (TPT)