There is Hope
Too many times I’ve found myself shaking with a nervous tick wondering what life will bring and if I can handle it.
For me these moments typically come late at night when I’m exhausted and everyone in my home is asleep. There is something about being left completely alone with my thoughts that can leave me feeling paralyzed. It’s almost as if I can feel a cold hand reach deep into my soul. Gripping it. Trying to put out a fire.
You see I believe whole-heartedly it is in these moments of great darkness that we come face to face with the reality that something supernatural exists beyond our wildest imaginations. Something hides in the dark. We know it. We knew it when we were little kids and maybe experienced that frightening feeling of laying in our beds in the dark wondering what was in our closets or under the bed.
Over the years I’ve learned the secret of triumphantly walking past these moments.
Want to know it?
What if I told you where there is great darkness there is an even greater light? Would you believe me? Would you write me off? The reality is that with every dark night there is brilliant morning. In fact darkness quite literally by definition is measured by degrees of light. Look it up.
Darkness causes a range of many emotional feelings and I believe that because I’ve personally experienced it. I’ve also experienced the range of feelings associated with the light. With darkness we can sometimes experience a sense of hopelessness. With light we experience hope.
The secret is you and I are not alone. I’m not talking aliens or about finding hope, peace or confidence in the person laying next to you or I in bed, a best friend or even in family. No.
The truth is, yes, we live in a supernatural world where spiritual things are real and alive. For some this truth can be difficult. Difficult to be confronted with and difficult to understand.
No matter how difficult things may seem I’m here to tell you that there is a God. His name is Jesus and with Him there is great hope!
The bible teaches that when you put your trust in Jesus “weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning” Ps. 30:5. When you come to the end of yourself you have Jesus to love, comfort and embolden you to live a victorious life.
You may feel worn out but in a relationship with Jesus the bible teaches “8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Cor. 4:8.
You don’t have to be alone.
You don’t have to feel hopeless.
This present darkness will fade into the light of the morning sun.
“16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Cor. 4:16-18
The bible teaches “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.
You can have this hope by taking a moment and talking to God. Maybe you’ve never done this before or maybe you did this as a child and have walked away from it all. If this is what you’re looking for take a moment and talk to God and let Him know that you are ready to trust Jesus and have a relationship with Him. I can guarantee you it will be worth it. I can’t guarantee anything else. Our lives don’t automatically change without making adjustments; things may not quickly get easier. It will however be the most profound and greatest decision of your life.
Hope and joy come in the morning with the risen Son. Jesus.