It’s been in my darkest moments in my life, where I feel like the currant bush being cut down, where I have questioned, doubted, felt immense despair – these are the moments that have built my character and increased my faith. Difficulty fosters growth, it helps those spiritual roots to grow deep and strong.
Hope is found in scripture.
Hope is found in prayer.
Hope is always found in Jesus Christ. He is the light, the hope, the only way.
Finding your people that you can be vulnerable with helps when you are are feeling hopeless. It takes humility to share that you are struggling and feeling without hope. I know this all too well. There were times I was too prideful to admit that I was struggling, and so I suffered in silence wondering why God wasn’t answering my prayers. But then I had an God moment, He told me that I am praying for help but I wasn’t showing up to those in my circle that could help me because I was allowing my pride to disrupt my ability to receive what God had available to me through others. I’m sure you’ve heard the quote: “God oftentimes answers our prayers through another person.” These people can share messages of hope to us in our darkest moments, just like we can be that for them when they are in a dark place.
We are become just a little bit like Christ in our suffering. It’s in our suffering we get to know Him more intimately. I love this scripture in James 1:3-5:
“Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
We can rejoice in our hardships because we are growing in our faith. We are be-coming who God wants us to be! See the beautiful gifts that come from the hardships in our life.
Love this quote by J.I. Packer:
“God uses chronic pain and weakness, along with other afflictions, as his chisel for sculpting our lives. Felt weakness deepens dependence on Christ for strength each day. The weaker we feel, the harder we lean. And the harder we lean, the stronger we grow spiritually, even while our bodies waste away.”
There is hope in the difficult.
We are afraid of the hard snd the difficult.
However, beautiful gifts come from the struggle!
If you’re lacking hope, get on your knees, remember there are seasons in all things, call a friend, and know you are loved!