Sometimes life gets you down. You want more, you want it to be different, you want it to be better. The path you’re on seems like a dead-end.
We can learn some very helpful truths in God’s Word to help us in these times. Here is some encouragement for your weary heart.
In Matthew 8:1-2 there was a leper who came to Jesus looking for something life-changing. He wanted to be healed. He chose to reach out and not remain in his hopeless state. He said,
“Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
We miss all chance of hope and possibility becoming available when we don’t give our worry or problem was to the Lord in trust.
“Lord if you are willing, you can…!”
Then there’s Moses in Exodus 3. His fear paralyzed him when the Lord told him what He wanted him to do. Moses argued with God and told Him all of the reasons why he couldn’t go before Pharaoh to get the Israelites out of Egypt. The Lord told him, “But, I will be with you…”
Hope and possibility are available in His presence. Remember He is with me.
“Lord, if you are willing you can.”
Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 9 that he was given a thorn. He says it was given to him to keep him from becoming conceited because of the revelations he received. Paul cried out to the Lord for it to be removed. But it wasn’t removed, instead Paul was reminded of the sufficiency of God’s grace. Remember in our weakness, the Lord’s power is revealed, verse 12 tells us, “for My power is made perfect in weakness.”
Hope and possiblity are made real because of the sufficiency of His grace in all circumstances.
“Lord, if you are willing you can...“
When I feel defeated my eyes are on me and all that is bringing me down. But hope and possibility are what I need to know, and I will only find them as I look to the Lord. Remember to go to Him, and like the leper say, “Lord, if you are willing you can...”
Take time today to talk with the Lord in prayer, pour out your defeated heart and plead with Him for help, for wisdom and direction. Tell Him you need to hear from Him.
Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV give us even greater hope.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (my emphasis)
Did you see that? It says that He is able to do more than we can ask or imagine. Living grace-paced means when defeat or trouble come my way I stop and give it all to Him because I choose to walk in trust.
He is our hope, He is the real chance of possiblity in our darkest of times.
There is nothing that is too hard for God, bring your defeat and trouble to Him. Watch and wait!