WEEKLY ENCOURAGEMENT MARCH 22-26, 2021
For all of March, we’ve talked about fighting battles and getting through the rollercoasters of life. As we end this third month of 2021, we just want to encourage you to keep on hoping. One song that’s been on repeat is “Keep on Hoping” by Riley Clemmons. The chorus goes, “Keep on hoping when the days get dark, keep on singing, don’t you ever lose heart. Lift your eyes, the One who gave you life, will give you strength to keep on going, so keep on hoping.”
In the book of Psalms, David writes about the good and bad times. He even writes his heartfelt cries as to why he was going through so much trouble when those who did wicked things seemed to prosper. He asked God how long justice would take, how much longer he had to wait, and why things were going a certain way. But the difference between David and most people who ask God those questions is, he always ended his prayers with praise to God. Maybe he didn’t feel like the situation was good, full of hope, or joyful but because he knew his God is good, he prayed, he fought, he waited, he hoped. Sometimes we just have to let it all go (cry it all out to God) and trust that He will work things out. And worrying doesn’t leave any room for trusting God. When things seem too big to handle, remember that God is bigger and He is trustworthy.
We don’t know what you’re going through, what challenges you face, what problems you think about or what battles you’re fighting, but we do know that you are not alone. You may feel lonely but you are not alone. You may feel like all is dark but there is a Light that guides your way home. Just reach out and look up. Help is there, strength is there, and hope is there. You just have to take your eyes off of the problem, challenge, and battle to see Who is fighting with you. Allow God into your situation and allow Him to be the hope that lights the way out of your dark or painful situation. And remember, to see the full purpose, journey, and joy in the ride, you have to endure the process. There is light, there is purpose, there is strength that comes from enduring the process and fighting the battle. There is hope.
Psalm 13 “How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for He has been good to me.”
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