Written By: Julie-Ann Sanderson
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: – Lamentations 3:21
It’s one of those days where nothing is going right. Problem upon problem adding to the mountain you already have. You feel alone and unwanted. Soon what was once the occasional bad day turns in a lot of bad days.
You go to others to get help but no one wants to help. They’re all too busy dealing with their own lives to listen to your woes. Finding someone to listen to you is a big task and it is tiring. You’ve been left on your own and you are so worn out that you have no idea what to do next.
So, you turn to other ways to help solve your problems. Drugs, alcohol, sex, over-eating and other demoralizing habits seem to offer a way to ease the pain and stress, or at least to forget it temporarily. Before you know it, you have become dependent on these short-term fixes.
Eventually, these short-term fixes lose their appeal and you find another way out. The burden is getting too heavy and there seems to be no solution in sight. Maybe the time has come to end it all. Leaving this world is the only option you have. Right?
Wrong! Those who are troubled need to be told and/or helped to remember that no matter what happens:
There is always HOPE.
Humans are the only living creatures on this planet that have the ability to hope. We can look forward to tomorrow despite our today being the worst it can be.
Knowing that there is hope switches a light on inside of those who need it. It makes them realize that all is not lost and there is a way to climb out of the pit they have found themselves it. Like all things, finding the right people and things to help takes time, so they have to remember that hope is always closer than you think.
Jesus is our ultimate HOPE.
He is there not just during the good times but during the bad as well. It is not a case of Him forgetting about us but us forgetting about Him. All we have to do is acknowledge Him and go to Him as soon as the problems begin. Don’t wait until things get so bad that you feel it is too late even for Jesus to help you. Get up off the ground where you have been lying down after your last defeat, dust yourself off and start going forward with your focus upon Him.
If your problems are starting to overwhelm you:
Remember you are not alone.
Every person alive, at some point, has had the feeling that life is getting the better of them and they want to give up even if it is only for a few seconds. Deciding how to deal with your problems is something we all should learn. We need to know that we have Jesus there to help us. He is the Hope that will save us and take us to new heights.
So, when you’re in the depths of despair, always remember Hope.