Have you ever been in a dark and desperate place that seemed to have no possible good outcome? Have you ever felt that your situation was hopeless? What did you do?
These dark times sure do test our faith. Do we really believe what the Bible says? Or do we seek another solution? The toughest times occur in the midnight hour of a situation when we do not feel like there is any hope for us.
As believers, we have a choice. We can agree with the enemy of defeat and discouragement or we can agree with God and His Word. Many times when we do not feel God, we feel defeat, fear, rejection, or shame instead. It seems as if He is distant but His word says that He will never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
This past summer I had one of those midnight hours that seem to last for months. I experienced some health problems and spent several days in the hospital. (You can read more about that here).
When I left the hospital I was weary and it felt as if God was nowhere to be found. I felt as if He was not listening to my prayers and I had absolutely no desire to worship or even spend time with Him. I felt nothing.
This went on for about a month. I even wondered if I wanted to be a Christian any longer, I truly did not feel anything for God. Throughout this time I continued to journal. On my 40th or 50th day of not feeling anything, I made a decision. I chose to believe the Word and not my lack of feeling. I believe that day was one of the most pivotal days in my life. I chose to believe God overall. I chose to go by His Word and not my feelings.
On that day I chose who I would serve. I chose to serve God not my feelings. I chose to serve God when I could not see Him.
I would love to say that immediately the heavens opened and blessings started raining down on me but I cannot. I can say that in my darkest time, I chose God. I chose that day whom I serve and the fruit of that has been tremendous. I know that He truly does not leave or forsake us, I know that it is not our will but His. I will walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). Hope is not seen for it was it would not be hope (Romans 8:24)
What is your choice? Do you choose to believe God in your situation? Do you worship Him just because He is worthy or because you want Him to do something for you?
Today I encourage you to choose to worship Him in spite of what is going on in your life. I encourage you to choose to serve the Lord with all your heart, mind and strength. Choose Him and you will choose Life. Choose Him and you choose hope. Make Him your choice.
The opposite of courage is not fear but dis-courage. Discouragement and hopelessness are lies from the enemy. As courage arises so does hope.
Choose Him because He is worthy of all glory, honor, and power. Choose Him even if you cannot see Him. (Joshua 24:14-15)
Let the Word of God override your feelings. Find God?s promises and hold on to them. Email me if you need specific scripture for your situation.
Choose Him, He is worthy.
Please contact me if you are struggling with hopelessness, depression or despair and see no light at the end of your tunnel. There is hope for you!
For Further Reading:
- Introduction: A 40-Day Journey to Find Hope
- Are You Bold?
- 5 Powerful Ways to Choose Life
- Armor of God and Hospital Gowns
Please share your testimony with me, I love testimonies! We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. (Revelation 12:11)
If you have not yet begun your personal relationship with God, understand that the One who created you loves you no matter who you are or what you?ve done.
You can tell Him in your own words or use this simple prayer:
Lord Jesus, I ask You to forgive my sins and save me from eternal separation from God. By faith, I accept Your work and death on the cross as sufficient payment for my sins. Thank You for providing the way for me to know You and to have a relationship with my Heavenly Father. Through faith in You, I have eternal life. Jesus, I want YOU as Lord of my life! Thank You also for hearing my prayers and loving me unconditionally.
In Jesus? name, amen.
Jesus Christ provides a relationship with the Father and eternal life through His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead (Romans. 5:10).
In Romans 10:9, the Word promises, ?If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.?