When things seem hopeless, we get to choose how we will respond. How do we maintain our hope and faith when situations look hopeless? We can employ the same strategies Abraham used. God richly rewarded him for his obedience and he is now known as the father of faith.
Have you ever faced circumstances that caused you to really search out the scriptures for answers? That’s what happened to me as I prayed for and grieved with a friend who had lost her husband. As a new widow, she wondered how she would make it on her own. As we prayed, I remembered the days my own mother lived as a widow and the years I spent learning to trust God for provision.
Have you ever been grieving while the rest of the world was singing Christmas carols and drinking eggnog? Christmas isn’t always the most joyful time of the year. If you’ve been there, this year, you could be the one who understands and shares comfort to those in need. What a gift!
There are times when life doesn’t make sense, when pain is great. The most difficult of circumstances, cancer diagnosis, miscarriage, even the death of a loved one, require the greatest trust. They require that we trust God even when we don’t understand.
I’m not a mountain climber, and I don’t play one on TV, but as I looked around me, mountains surrounded me. Have you ever been in the valley, looking up at the enormity of the mountain, yet feeling ill-equipped for the trek? When a mountain obscures our path, trusting God is the first step toward throwing that mountain into the sea.