I believe that we all go through certain times when we begin to feel a bit hopeless. Perhaps certain negative circumstances are happening and you just can’t seem to see how things will ever work out. Or perhaps you’ve suffered loss of a loved one, a job, a friendship, or finances. Or maybe your life is in a rut and you feel like you are spinning your wheels and things will never change for the better. Or maybe you are struggling with pain or an illness.
At times like these, feelings of hopelessness try to set in. When we are feeling hopeless, we see our circumstances and surroundings through a filtered lens that can cause us to continue to spiral downwards in our emotions and our attitudes. In this devotional scripture, God says that He has a plan for you, a plan that will prosper you and not to harm you, a plan that will give you hope and a future.(Jeremiah 29:11).
While the economy may be saying one thing to us, God is saying another. While your circumstances may cry out hopelessness, God is saying that He has a plan to prosper and not to harm you. While we don’t know what the future does hold, we know who holds the future. We can trust in the goodness of God to care for us in the midst of situations that seem hopeless. That does not necessarily mean that life will always turn out the way we expected, but it does mean that we can always trust in our Father to love us and watch over us. If we commit our lives into His care, we are guaranteed from an everlasting perspective, that we will have an incredible future filled with hope awaiting us, that will last forever.
If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, there can seem to be no hope. Without the assurance that you are loved by your Heavenly Father and that He is there with you in the middle of the storms of life, it is hard to grasp how things can ever change for the better. If you know God, you can experience peace and joy by turning over your hopeless feelings and thoughts to Him and by claiming the promises that are in the Scripture.
The next time you face a hopeless circumstances, I encourage you not to falter or become disheartened, but to pray for God’s wisdom and guidance. Ask yourself, “How will my faith, or lack of it, affect others?” And unless you get clear guidance from the Lord to “throw in the towel”–trust Him to work miracles, as you reach out for Him in hope!