We can all relate to this at one time or another in our walk with the Lord where we felt defeated and disappointed, where we believed that God would intervene on our situation, and we felt let down when He didn’t. There are times when we are too quick to throw away our faith when we’re faced with disappointment, because our prayers aren’t answered the way we expected. Hebrews 10:35 (NLT) says: “Do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. Remember the great reward it brings you!” Sometimes it’s very easy for us to remain doubtful and discouraged when you had prayed against something happening. But if you are determined to shake off your doubts, and to reach out for a miracle in the face of apparent defeat, God will honor your faith by working wonders for you if you keep believing.
“Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear; only keep on believing.” Mark 5:36
In Chapter 5 of the Gospel of Mark, a man named Jairus asks Jesus to come heal his dying daughter. Before they reach the man’s home, they are met with the news that the girl is already dead.
This account is a message of hope and encouragement to those of us who have trusted the Lord for help, but have been met with disappointment and defeat. When the Lord tells us to “keep on believing,” He’s basically saying: “I know things look bad right now, but don’t lose your faith in Me. Give Me the opportunity to reveal My presence and power in the midst of this apparent defeat.” I believe that these “apparent defeats” are some of the greatest opportunities we will ever have to witness the miracle-working power of God in our lives. It is when you believe the Word of God regardless of the circumstances that you can break through and see God bring life to your situation.
What circumstances are in your life right now that the Lord might want you to apply this message to? Ask Him today, promising Him your willingness to trust Him, even in the “hopeless” situations He doesn’t want you to give up on. May our declaration of faith always be—“But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise You more and more”! (Psalm 71:14)