We’ve all been there. You might still be there. Today. This minute.
You’re hoping for something, but you can’t even begin to comprehend how it will ever come to fruition.
You want to have hope. You need to have hope.
Hope itself is something that almost needs to be inherent if you’re in the lowest point of the valley. Oh, you know in your heart and soul deep down that there’s always hope in any situation.
But finding that spark of hope is hard.
Living that belief can require having the faith to move mountains. And I’ve never seen that happen.
In your head, you know that there’s always hope for the situation that’s troubling you, but in your heart, that hope feels hidden.
You go through the motions:
You pray. You read your Bible hoping for the Word to jump out at you. You try to visualize a future with a positive outcome. You share your heart with your small group so they can pray for you. All good things.
Still… you waver. You doubt.
You go for a run. Eat another muffin. Lose yourself in a book. Go back to bed. Watch a reality TV marathon that makes you feel like your life is quasi-normal. After all, you don’t need collagen in your lips to stop aging because it’s already happened, or a night on deserted island eating a wild pig you slaughtered to make you face your wildest fears.
You’re living them.
You’re desperate for something to change. The situation gauge is stuck on empty and the nearest station is a long long walk by foot. In the dark.
That’s how I feel sometimes. And I’m definitely one of those glass-half-full kind of people.
But when we cry out to God – because He is our first, last and only option – even if we can’t articulate our need for the Hope that He offers, He knows.
He knows what we need before we do.
How do you pull back that curtain then, and find your “lost” hope?
It’s really just as simple as calling out to Him and asking for hope.
Boom. Done. He’s got it.
How do I know this?
Because he told me so. He told you so too.
Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”
Matthew 7:7 says “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
Deuteronomy 4:29 says “…from there you will seek the LORD your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
And Psalm 34:4 says “I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”
All you have to do is ASK.
Ask for hope.
Ask for faith.
Ask for more of Him.
Because I promise you, that even though I don’t have all the answers, I do know the answer to one thing…
Jesus is all the hope you need.
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A beautiful, timely post. Our world needs this hope, as do each of us individually. Thanks for reminding me of the simple answer.