Some of you may be experiencing pain, suffering and even hopelessness, perhaps for a long time. You may feel that you are at your breaking point or far beyond it. Hold on to Jesus. The Lord will come through for you, though it seems He has delayed.
“…we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.“
Romans 5:3-5 (NKJV)
This seems backwards for what we might think. Don’t we need hope in order to persevere? But true hope is refined in the fires of trial, where it is harder to believe than in times of ease.
God’s hope never disappoints. Through the suffering you are experiencing, God is bringing forth the good of perseverance in your life. And through your perseverance, His heart and His character are being formed in you.
As you begin to see how He is working in you, the hope you so desperately need will begin to come forth. Hope arises within you because God’s love and tender care for you is being revealed as He gives His help, wisdom and understanding in your heart and life. You begin to experience what the Scriptures say: that the Holy Spirit has poured forth the Father’s love into your heart and it will never be taken away.
I know it isn’t at all easy as I share this, having gone through hopelessness, trials and pain as well, even at times to the point of wanting to simply be done with the earthly life and escape to be in Heaven with the Lord. It can be most difficult because in the midst hopelessness, it may seem that change will never come.
Our emotions can misled us and drag us down with them. Be okay with feeling your emotions, but let God’s truth take precedence and His Spirit be your only leader. Lean upon your Beloved.
Our response of fight or flight may turn into a painful ache to just escape earth altogether for the relief Heaven, but beloved, hold on to Jesus. Keep leaning upon your faithful Savior. Joy comes in the dawning of His light, at the end of every dark night. He holds all your tears precious in His sight.
“You number and record my wanderings;
put my tears into Your bottle—are they not in Your book?
Then shall my enemies turn back in the day that I cry out;
this I know, for God is for me.”
Psalm 56:8-9 (AMPC)
All along in the unseen, the Holy Spirit’s work has been occurring in you and all around. During that winter season where you feel like all is lost and seem to have nothing left to give, you will find Him faithful in the end. His hope, which He has placed within you, was only lying dormant until the coming harvest of His character being birthed within you. His light will be seen upon you.
“The secret [of the sweet, satisfying companionship] of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its [deep, inner] meaning.“
Psalm 25:14 (AMPC)
Don’t give up in your pain and weariness. Keep persevering and pressing into your Beloved Father’s heart. Lean into the counsel and comfort of His Spirit, and the sweet, satisfying friendship of Jesus. Watch and see what He shall do for you as you continue to set your heart on Him. You shall shine with the beauty of His character and arise, strong in Him and filled with hope.
“By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones), And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe…”
Ephesians 1:18-19 (AMPC, emphasis added)