Speak to us, Father and allow us to see why so many people on this earth are suffering and most of us have lost hope in 2018.
W ith all these acts of violence, events causing turmoil it can surely make us have little hope for our future. From natural disasters, political problems and poverty stricken countries, how can we find hope in 2018? Young children are being brought up in a time where they fear for their lives at school.
Usually I get up, get ready and start my day off early. It usually involves a good cup of coffee and some news. It’s really hard to avoid any news because it’s trending everywhere. On the TV radio and phones, news alerts are usually going off all day.
From the latest Trump statement, to violence and upheaval in countries abroad. Even the daily local ongoings of each community. Bad news that may turn into worry sets the tone for the day. It inspires conversations that are usually from our thoughts and worries about the latest issue our country and world may be facing.
So it is easy to understand why most of us are so tense and stressed about the state of the world we currently live in, about the future of our children and what to expect.
It discourages me at times, but it’s important to know and understand that God has a plan. His plan was made in our best interest specifically and individually made for us, and this world only plays its role in that plan.
A remedy in God’s Word
Allow for the Lord to guide you throughout your life. The best way to this is by exploring God’s word and reading how his promises manifest throughout the Bible. The word of God gives us the strength to bear and hold on in spite of what we are going through.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
The Bible shows examples of the way we should live in order to have a healthy and abundant life. Over and over throughout the Bible we read stories that, at times unbelievable, resonate with us in some way or another.
Lessons that are found in the Bible often teach stories of hope, love, hate, fear and envy; and ultimately show what these emotions can do when we aren’t equipped to handle them.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
Going through the struggles of life and holding on to our own wisdom can get quite exhausting. The reality is we all go through these emotions but we can be confident we have a source of wisdom to rely on, the living Word of God!
We are not alone, especially when we are suffering. Yet the Lord explains why suffering is necessary. Joy and pain seem to be two necessary emotions that play a roll in our salvation.
“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope”. Romans 5:3-4
From personal experience, this is when the Lord truly manifests Himself in our life. I am here to testify that the Word of God becomes alive in your life. Everything starts to make sense when you read these stories and find familiarity in the situations or trials you may be going through. When you read the word of God you begin to comprehend the reasons why you feel the way you feel. Often leading you to a paradigm shift in your perspective.
If you have lost hope in 2018 cling on to him that made “the heavens and the earth”, who often has a solution to your problem. Most of the time the solution being just a word from him. Those intimate whispers you and your God share that only him can know.
I will leave you with this parable that is often referred to when you “leave the church”. It’s a parable Jesus described in Luke 15:11-32 called “The prodigal son”. Let’s analyze the son himself in this story. Long story short- prodigal aka son receives an inheritance, parties all his money and manages to blow it all right in the time of a famine. He gets a few gigs, but in his heart he has an epiphany. He can go back if he wants, so he does! All the while his father longs for his turn. He cries out in his heart Romans 15:17 “How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18- I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19- I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20-So he got up and went to his father”.
This has to be an explanation to our fickle demeanor with GOD. This parable is so simple he leaves, messes up humbles himself and goes back. Sound familiar?
Have you ever read this parable and wondered why he left?? It seems he lost sight of the respect he had for his father. At the moment he received his inheritance he left. Showing his father little appreciation for all his hard work. When we lose hope and faith, we have the tendency to act and speak out of anger. We don’t think about what our FATHER has done for us dying at the cross, or blessings he has provided in the past. Then something helps us come to our senses, the spirit of GOD humbles us, we let go and let God in.
Now I won’t tell you the rest… for that you must keep reading your bible about the prodigal son. Just remember hope for this generation and previous ones have been attained by having a true and honest relationship with the Lord. He reassures us that we can never be that bad or going through the worse to have a talk with him….. to need him! Remember the book of Ecclesiastes “there’s nothing new under the sun”.
Isn’t it exciting to know we worship a God who continually looks up the road to see if we are walking towards him. Our demeanor sometimes cheerful, often tired, most times discouraged but as the prodigal son we still come back. Walking in faith hoping our Father gives us another chance or what we ask for and we ask and eventually get more.
Triumphant you are father and in my life triumphant you will always be.