Hope in Difficult Times

In difficult times like this, we may forget who God is. We may even doubt His sovereignty but today I want to encourage you with a simple truth: We can still worship Him in time of uncertainty or difficulty. We can still be hopeful when we feel hopeless.

Job reminds us in chapter 23:10, “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” 

Life is filled with ups and downs and it wouldn’t be life without the failures and mistakes that we experience. Many will sulk and sink in their failures but only a few will learn from their failures and mistakes and rise up and come forth as gold. Job was one of those few. 

John Maxwell said, “How we view things determine how we do things.” What I choose to see is the blessing that COVID19 has been. No, I don’t take lightly all the lives that were lost or affected and I don’t take lightly all those who are overworked and exhausted but I want any medical personnel reading this to know that I am appreciative of all you are doing and the fact that you are on the front lines, gives us hope. While you are on the front lines caring for and assisting those affected, many are on the front lines praying and interceding for you. Many are storming the gates of Heaven for you.

In a time when despair is what we feel and uncertainty is what we face, I want to be a source of hope and encouragement to you by sharing these Bible verses on hope. May you find comfort in God’s Word during this time of crisis.

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. (Psalm 42:11)

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. (Romans 15:13)

Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word. (Psalm 119:114)

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope. (Romans 5:3-4)

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. (Psalm 31:24)

But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. (Romans 8:25)

The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. (Lamentations 3:24)

I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. (Psalm 130:5)

Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee. (Psalm 33:22)

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Romans 5:5)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (1 Peter 1:3)

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. (1 Peter 3:15)

To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)

God’s word is not just any old book. It is quick and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword. It can comfort us when we are downtrodden. It can give us hope when we are hopeless and it can point us to the One who is able to get us through this crisis — Jesus.

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I know some are working on a vaccine for this virus but if no remedy was found to cure this or stop it, I want to share the lyrics to this song by the McRaes:

For the world that’s lost in darkness
For the saint who’s gone astray
For the sinner, blind but searching
For the child in need of faith
For the homeless and forsaken
For the hungry and the cold
For the prisoner and the captive
For the young and for the old

CHORUS: There is a remedy
For every sin-sick soul
There is a cure for all
All the pain and hurt and wrong
There is a solution
For all the problems deep inside
There is a remedy
And His name is Jesus Christ

For the bitter, for the lonely
For the weary and afraid
For the burdened and frustrated
The discouraged and dismayed
For the mocked and persecuted
For the battered, for the wronged
For the scarred and for the wounded
For the weak and for the strong

CHORUS For every tribe and every nation
For every color, every race
For every tongue and every language
For every time and every place There’s an answer to the questions
There is love for all the hate
There’s a healer for the dying
He’s the Light, the Truth, the Way

I choose to believe that we will get through this and we can be hopeful because as a Christian, our hope is not found in a cure or a even a remedy for this virus, but our hope is grounded and found in Jesus Christ alone.

With God’s help and with each other, we can overcome COVID19 and any other things that come our way. If there is anything this time has been teaching us, it is that we are a community and we are capable of more than we sometimes believe. We are capable of demonstrating the love that God invented — unconditional love.

May we continue to place our faith and hope in the All-knowing, Ever-faithful, Unchanging God because He sees and knows what is ahead of us and He will work all things together for good to them that love Him and to them that are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Keep the faith, stay positive, and know that there is a “rainbow after the rain.”

Have hope because with Christ,

  1. You are valuable
  2. You are a victor
  3. You are a vessel

…fit for the Master’s use.

I want to end with the lyrics to this song by McKenna Hixson:

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