Have you ever faced trouble and lost all hope?” If so, you are not alone. I have done the same. Difficult times offer us privileges to draw us close to God and “Hope in Him.”
Have you loathed your life to the point of speaking in bitterness as Job loathed his life and spoke against his own birth? When we loathe our lives and plummet to speaking in bitterness, we drown our hope. Have you ever plummeted to the point of speaking curses on your life because you can’t imagine why God has allowed certain things to occur in your life? Life doesn’t always turn out how we expect. Yet, in it all, if we “Hope in Him” through it all and not complain in bitterness, the Lord will help us trust and rely on Him to see us through our situations.
We all experience troubles in our lives, though it seems some more than others. The ways in which we handle troubles when they emerge determine our soul health and sometimes our physical health. I realized a few years ago that the way I handle troubles could make me bitter or better. I have learned to consciously attempt to face my troubles to speak life and wholeness into my situations, not speaking against God in my troubles to drown my hope, but turning to Him at the start of troubles and gain His wisdom to “Hope in Him.”
Reflect about your life concerning situations that you faced and didn’t understand, but understand now. Has God shed light on your situation of how you grew more spiritually because you chose not to drown your hope with bitterness, but put your “Hope in Him?”
I am the Almighty. Nothing happens to you that I don’t already know beforehand. There will be things that I allow to happen to you that have nothing to do with your sin. Sometimes I choose you for difficulties to see if you will still “Hope in Me.” I may have chosen you to help someone else “Hope in Me.” I have not forgotten about you. I am not mad at you. I love you with an everlasting love. Trust Me with all your heart. Praise Me, no matter what difficulties you may experience.
Jesus in Me: Father, help me not curse my afflictions or my life or drown my hope with bitterness and complaining, but to welcome them so that You may use me to show others that You are God. I need help trusting You each day. Strengthen me so that I may “Hope in You ”and rely on You in my difficult times. In the mighty name of Jesus I pray, amen!
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Today’s Tasting – Job 10-13: Job’s loss was so great that even his friends assumed that he had committed awful sin. Though Job loathed his life and spoke in bitterness to curse his own birth, he found it difficult to imagine why God allowed such havoc in his own life. Job disregarded comments made by his friend Zophar and told him to keep silent. Job was determined to plead his case with God, so that God may find him not guilty. In Job’s plea, he did speak, “There is hope” (Job 11:18 ESV) and “Though he slay me, I will hope in him” (Job 13:15 ESV). Yet, Job may have mentioned hope in name only because his complaining and bitterness drowned his hope.
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