Hope in Dark Times
Living abundantly comes in so many ways. At its core it is a knowledge that God is always with us, and that He is always good. It’s more than knowledge, actually—it’s a confidence, an assurance. No matter what we go through, no matter where we end up, we trust that God is there, and that He always has our best interest in mind.
Strangely, as God shows us what it means to live an abundant life, He often takes us to a place where it feels like He’s disappeared. Perhaps we’re up against an obstacle that seems like it can’t be overcome. Maybe we’ve been struck with a blow that lays us flat. Maybe we’ve come to a place where we have no idea which way to turn.
The temptation at those times is to quit whatever quest we’re on. We forget that the presence of the Lord is always with us. We forget that He’s everywhere —He’s with us when we surf and when we drive our cars and eat lunch and watch movies and go out on dates and go to work and come home again.
There’s that verse in 2 Corinthians 12:9 where Paul has prayed three times for God to take away some sort of affliction. We don’t know what hardship it was, but God’s only reply is that His grace is sufficient, and His power is made perfect in weakness.
That’s a strange idea —when we are weak, God is strong.
Could it be true? When life gets hard, God is there. It’s easy to get tired, frustrated, or discouraged —we think there will be no way to continue going in the direction we’re called to go.
But at times like those, the Lord says, “This is still the life you were meant to live. But now you need faith.”
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