This article will help you learn how to have hope in hard times. We find hope not in ourselves, our friends, government, or media, but from our Living God.
On May 6, a local man was burning illegal materials in a burn barrel. He neglected to extinguish the fire and the combustion escaped the barrel to burn the surrounding areas.
Dry windy conditions carried the fire to 343 acres of wildlands and suburbs. It completely destroyed 33 homes and severely damaged 26 more.
Neighbors lost everything they owned, all their earthly possessions, cars, computers, pets, photographs, important papers, everything in one evening.
Can you imagine the feeling of learning that everything you own, all the things you worked hard for, are completely wiped out?
David In Hard Times
When David and his army looked over the horizon to Ziklag, the city had burned to the ground. Even their wives and children were gone.
They wept until their strength was gone. Such bitter despair filled their hearts that the men talked of stoning David to death.
In this horrific situation, where no comfort was to be found, the Scriptures say David “encouraged [strengthened] himself in the Lord his God” (1 Sam 30:6).
Then he “inquired of the Lord” as to his next steps.
David found his hope in God.
You may not be facing a burned-out home like some of our neighbors, but during this COVID-19 pandemic, we have all stared down fear’s eyes. We have encountered stress upon stress.
Many people face loss of jobs and the future they dreamed of. Many people continue to face life-threatening situations.
Our lives have changed. Then even worse than what has already happened is the anxiety of not knowing what will happen.
Life is hard right now. Change is hard, and there seems to be no encouraging news.
But, . . .
In the middle of the dark times we can find hope–not in ourselves, friends, government, scientists, or media–but we can find hope in God.
We can take David’s example of how to have hope in hard times with the Holy Spirit as our Guide.
4 Steps To Have Hope In Hard Times
1. Honestly Acknowledge the Situation and Grieve
First, honestly take time to acknowledge the situation you are facing. If you feel like crying, cry. Even David’s warrior men cried.
God gave us emotions to be the thermometer of our souls. Do not ignore things as if they aren’t real. This is real. This is really hard.
Please don’t feel like you don’t have faith if you get real about your problems. It takes faith to be honest with God about your feelings. In order to heal and go forward, you have to face problems. You can’t ignore things.
If you try to ignore problems, they become emotional wounds that rub and remain sore until they are faced and healed.
We are all going through a season of grieving life as it used to be. Grieving is a normal process.
Stay as long as you need, but do not get stuck.
Grief is a place we travel through.
2. Encourage Yourself In The Lord To Find Hope
David encouraged himself in God’s love. You have Christ living in your heart. You have the anointing of the Holy One.
Your Lord has promised never to leave you nor forsake you. That is an eternal promise.
God has given you faith to overcome, so you have enough faith already, inside you.
Faith doesn’t always take you out of a problem, but the God of your faith will always walk with you through problems.
Faith doesn’t always take away the pain, but the God of your faith will always give you the grace to handle the pain.
Faith doesn’t always take you out of the storm, but the God of your faith will calm you through the storm.
The Lord knows you inside and out. He knows what you face and wants to face it with you. You can find your hope in God.