There Is Always Hope
“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the desert…” Psalm 95: 6-8
It’s a challenge not to let your heart become hardened, isn’t it? On any day I can walk out my door and see poverty so bleak and desolate, it can seem hopeless. Children wander the streets without parents in torn clothes and distended bellies. Mothers lose babies to malnutrition, TB, or malaria. On my couch is a grandmother, ravaged by HIV, living her last days. My heart breaks for the pain and suffering in our world, and I know yours does, too. We don't know how we can continue to have soft hearts without being completely overwhelmed. But we serve a God who gives us hope for the suffering, and we cling to that hope in the overwhelming times.
Whatever need in your life seems overwhelming, whether a painful relationship, financial hardship, addiction, sickness or disease in your family, ask Jesus to soften your heart into a heart like His. Becoming calloused and closed off is a defense mechanism we fall back on to avoid pain and disappointment. It’s only human that we do this, but we must fight this numbness. We have faith in what is unseen, not what is seen. With Jesus, there is always hope. There is no one too far from His rescue or redemption, no healing He cannot bring, no obstacle too big. He asks us to be faithful in the little things, and to trust Him with what seems impossible. Be obedient to the person He puts in your path, to the one or two that He places in front of you on this day. And then trust God to take care of the rest.
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