Holding on to Hope in a Time of Despair
“Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23
It can be difficult to trust God in the midst of heartache and despair. God has come to deliver us, we know this, and we believe the scripture that says God plans to prosper and not harm, to give hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
But finances are still a struggle, and relationships are still broken, and as much as we want to believe God is for us, sometimes it just doesn’t feel that way. I say these things because I have been there and it is tough. Unanswered prayers are heartbreaking. Waiting on God can feel like forever.
Surely the Israelite’s felt this way when they were slaves in Egypt. But God had a plan. He sent Moses to tell them that He had heard their groans and was going to deliver them. The people believed Moses and worshiped but what happened next quickly altered their spirits. Not only did Pharaoh deny releasing the Israelite’s, he intensified the work load. “Make the work harder for the men so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies.” (Exodus 5:9).
Sometimes in life, things can get harder before they get better. But with God there is always a reason and purpose.
When we walk with God we have a hope that diminishes the problems this life will undoubtedly bring.
The Israelite’s were discouraged (Exodus 6:9). Moses was questioning God (Exodus 5:22-23). It’s so easy to forget God’s concern for us in the midst of our suffering. But our God remembers His promises (Exodus 6:5). The Lord spoke to Moses saying, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go…” (Exodus 6:1).
God knew His people. He knew what it would take for them to truly believe He was the one true living God. These people had been enslaved for centuries. It was all they knew. He had to get their attention. Is God trying to get your attention? Are you willing to trust Him long enough to find out what it is?
Accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior doesn’t promise a problem-free life. Jesus tells us, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. He does promise His peace and guidance to get through it. And we are so privileged to have His word to read and learn and relate to our Heavenly Father.
By knowing who God is, I am better able to trust Him in my own Egypt, when I feel trapped or discouraged or alone.
God had a plan for His people, and He has a plan for you.
With lots of love,