Hope When Life Is Difficult

“Unless the Lord had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death. When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,’ your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul” (Psalm 94:17-19).

Newscasts lately have focused on the awful flooding in Colorado. More than 3,000 persons have been evacuated by air and ground since the flooding happened. State officials have put initial estimates at more than 19,000 homes damaged or destroyed throughout the flooded areas.

Difficult2I am sure that you, like me, hurt for the victims of such a terrible disaster. I can’t comprehend how difficult life must be for those persons right now.

You might not be a flood victim, but perhaps life for you at this time is difficult. You might be dealing with job loss, serious physical illness, grief, loneliness, a wayward child, financial need or some other event that has left you reeling and floundering. How can you be hopeful amid such circumstances? Psalm 94 provides some solid assurances.

When You Are Weak and Afraid, God Helps You

“Unless the Lord had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death” (v.17). The term “silence of death” is a figure of speech. The meaning is, If God had not helped me, I think I would have died. Have you ever felt that way?

Most of us have been taught that when difficulties come we should “hang in there,” and just weather the storm. May I suggest something even better? How about calling on God for help.

When You Are About to Go Under, God Keeps You Standing

“When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,’ your love, O Lord, supported me (v.18).” Notice that what kept this man standing was God’s awesome love. Yes, all of us will slip and fall occasionally when life becomes overwhelming. But each time we fall, God’s great love picks us up. He loves us too much to let us stay down.

When You Are Burdened With Anxiety, God Gives You Joy

“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul” (v.19). The word anxiety in the verse means more than just worry. The word means a perplexed mind that agitates you. In the life of faith, every person goes through times of both consolation and desolation. Times of consolation are the occasions when God is working through you. You experience His joy and power. It’s exciting. But times of desolation are those dark nights of the soul when God seems a thousand miles away.

Don’t be shocked by times of desolation. Even the best of God’s people have these times. If you are having a dark night of the soul stay the course. Remember God is present with you. Be patient. Continue to trust Him to get you through.

DifficultZig Ziglar, the motivational speaker once said, “There are 3 things that are hard to do. One is to climb a fence leaning toward you. Another is to kiss a girl leaning away from you. And third, is to attempt to help someone who does not want to be helped.

Today, God can help you get through your difficulty, but you have to let Him. That’s where your hope is.

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