Depression. Illness. Betrayal. Grief. Loneliness. Life can become so overbearing that, despite of best efforts to see, the issues block our view of hope. Often accompanied by feelings of isolation, thoughts of abandonment by God can circulate.
As Christians, it’s easy (until problems show up) to take the ideological view that everything is blissful and trouble-free. The truth is, Christians and non-believers alike have struggles. Both face difficulties, tragedies, unjust victimizations and setbacks that metaphorically punches the wind from their lungs.
The distinction between the follower of Christ and the non-believer is that the Christian holds the promise that Jesus is with them, He will never leave them and that, no matter how ugly life becomes, they will come through successfully with all things working in their favor.
If undisciplined thoughts continue unchecked, we can lose perspective and believe the lie that Jesus is not concerned with our lives.
We must force ourselves to remember that our Hope is in the Lord. How? By meditating on the Word of God.
Two contemporary Christian music bands, MercyMe & Tenth Avenue North, recently released songs that detailed the emotions of hardship and joy of Hope.
MercyMe, “Even If“
Tenth Avenue North, “I Have This Hope”
- Isaiah 43:2 (NLT) – When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.
- Psalm 54:19 – The righteous person faces many troubles, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.