There are times in life when we feel like all hope is lost. Doors close on opportunities we thought great, relationships crumble that we thought perfect, and dreams we once had seem to fade with lack of passion and no will to fight back. What do we do when we feel this way- when it is this way? Sometimes we can feel beaten down, sometimes we really are beaten down. But we are never lost. We are never forgotten.
Joseph Prince ministries speaks a lot about grace and redemption. How we are clean through Christ and no darkness in us can cancel out His light. Today’s devotional from their ministry speaks along the lines of what I have on my heart to say today. That though you may feel alone, you are not. Though you may want to say no to life and its responsibilities (thought there are times when it is beneficial to take a step back from the maddening crowd, like these times and these also) remember that saying yes to God is so important. Don’t say no to God because you have given up everywhere else. He has not given up on you.
At night, when the desert became dark and cold, God gave His people the pillar of fire to light the way for them, as well as to keep them warm and safe. Today, as you walk with God, you will not be overwhelmed by the cold, dark places in life because God’s Word says, “You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.” (1 Thessalonians 5:5) You will not fear the terror by night or the pestilence that walks in darkness because God will deliver you from them. (Psalm 91:5–6)
Like the children of Israel, who only needed to look up, and keep their eyes on the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire, all you need to do today is to look up and keep your eyes on Jesus. When you need His direction for a situation, look to Jesus who has the words of eternal life. (John 6:68) When you see symptoms of sickness in your body, look to Jesus who has borne away every disease and physical affliction. (Matthew 8:17)
These verses are such a poignant reminder that God has taken care of man for centuries, since the beginning of time. Why should we think He will give up now? He won’t but we sometimes do. We must be sure that in the midst of saying no to ourselves that we do not say no to Him. That losing hope in ourselves draws us closer to Him not pushes us away. I have been there and saying no to God is a scary place to be. For He is our hope, our refuge and our strength. Say yes to God friends, and He will comfort you with His loving arms.