READ: Jeremiah 33:12-16; Luke 1:46-56
Our crisis is not often one of land or location. But our crises are every bit as real as Israel’s. We face a multitude of issues that can challenge our sense of God’s presence and faithfulness. We live in a world filled with despair. People go to bed hungry, or seek a place to even go to bed; others long for a normal family, a dad or a mom, a meal or clothes; still others would love a meaningful job of any kind; but they don’t find it…any of it.
Yet, they still sense hope. Hope, not because an answer looms on the horizon, but hope because of who is on their side. Their hope is found in the God who has promised never to leave them nor forsake them. He may not always feel present. Life may not always fit our expectations. We may not always be able to understand. But we still hope.
We’ve had enough despair. Watch the news. Listen to the radio. Read Facebook posts or Twitter feed. The opportunity for discouragement, disillusionment, anxiety, fear, frustration and/or despair surfaces immediately and with great intensity. Instead, believers cry, “Enough, we’ve had Enough.” It’s time to see, feel, and sense, Hope.
- Why do you think crises tend to send us into a feeling of despair?
- How do you replace despair with hope?
- What do you do to encourage hope in others?
PRAY: Thank God for His faithfulness. Pray for the ability to see Him in the midst of the blur of crisis. Ask Him to help turn your despair to doxology.