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Monday, January 16, 2012

The Worst is Never the Worst

“I keep a grip on hope…”
(Lamentations 3:21 MSG)

MY PRAYER: More bad news: Computers crashing, bills piling up, no incoming income, food running low, tempers flaring, cancer spreading. I find it most difficult to stick it out in these hard times. These are the moments I know I should run to You, Jesus, but instead I just run away. In those harsh moments of reality, I want to escape it all and run back to a life of numbing the pain. There are times when I’m so filled with hope I can taste my breakthrough coming, but when nothing happens and bad news keep spreading like nasty weeds, I give up and leave hope behind. I automatically assume it must not have been Your will so I stop dreaming and stop believing in everything I was hoping for. I sometimes feel so abandoned by You. How can I find hope in my future after so many endless disappointments? Do You enjoy watching us suffer?

REMINDER FROM GOD: I work severely, I work tenderly. But I take no pleasure in making life hard. It’s a good thing to stick it out through the hard times. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The “worst” is never the worst. When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions, instead wait for hope to appear. It’s a good thing to quietly hope for help from Me. I prove Myself to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. Remember: I won’t ever walk out and fail to return to you. My stockpiles of loyal love are immense and will never run out; my merciful love cannot dry up. They are created new every morning. My faithfulness is great! Stick with Me. I’m all you’ve got.

{ Lamentations 3:22-33 MSG}

NOTE TO SELF: Run to Jesus, even when you don’t feel like it—especially when you don’t feel like it. Find that quiet place with God and just wait for His hope to appear again. These tough times are preparing me for something else; a time in my life when I will need to look back and remind myself where I came from, and how God got me through. Although I’m facing extremely tough circumstances, it’s not the end of me and God will get me through it. He promises to prove Himself good to me, and reminds me that even when bad news strikes, His loyal love, mercy and compassion are new every morning.

{For many of us, finding a moment of peace isn’t always easy, but God tells us it’s essential for hope to appear. During your time with God, do you bog Him down with whys, hows and what ifs? Looking back over the years, can you see the stockpiles of loyal love and mercy God has given you? Tap into those stockpiles because they never run out.}

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