Jesus Gives Us Hope 

Have you ever had a moment in your life where you felt that you just could not get through the difficult moments? Does it feel like everything is going wrong all the time? Do you feel such emptiness and have that feeling of being at rock bottom? Whether you are dealing with the death of someone, a failed relationship, a job loss, or whatever the case may be, remember you are not alone. There is the feeling of hopelessness all around us and some are experiencing it at this very moment. Hitting rock bottom can be different for everyone. We have all heard that saying about seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and sometimes we don’t see anything but darkness. Where is our hope? Can we find the hope to be able to build ourselves up out of the hole we have been in? 

I have been at rock bottom in my life before and it was the worst feeling in my life. Without getting into specifics, I had my share of emptiness, loneliness, and hurt and it consumed me. I look back now and realize that there was something missing in my life at that time. It was Jesus Christ. He was not in my life, my thoughts, or my actions. I was as far away from Him as I could possibly be. It took me a long time to get to a point where I wanted to climb out of the hole that I was in. I felt I was going to be there forever. But my advice to you now is, when you hit rock bottom, look to Jesus as soon as you can.

 Jesus is our rock, our rescuer and our salvation. He is the dangling rope waiting to rescue you from the pits of darkness and despair. I love the passage in Psalms 40:2 that says, “He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. What a great passage of hope. He will do what he says if we have faith in Him. In Psalm 55:22 it also says, “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” 

 Do you take God at His word? You must lean on Him in all parts of your life. When my mom died a couple of years ago, I was devastated and was broken hearted. The death of someone who means the world to you can leave you so empty. If it wasn’t for my husband, church family, friends and most importantly God, I would probably be in that pit again. I love the comforting words in Lamentations 3:22-23 “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” What a comforting passage! You can overcome it all with Jesus. 

 Let me ask you this, because this is something to think about. Is there a blessing hidden in your despair? Yes, there is good news about hitting bottom. I know you are thinking how? Let me explain further. Personally for me, going through the hard things had made me a stronger person. I have learned the importance of this life and how vital God is to me and my survival in a world that can take the wind out of your sails sometimes. Enjoy the small things, as they are often overlooked when we are struggling. Enjoy a nice walk because it can clear the mind. Sit out on your porch and look upon the great outdoors. Also, hang out with people who will lift you up, help you grow, and encourage you to focus on how God is working in your life. Lean on your brothers and sisters in Christ. Avoid the ones that like to cause so much drama. Spend time with your family. Try reading a good book for relaxation. I recommend the Bible. It’s amazing how important the little things are in this life when you realize them. 

 Life is a rollercoaster ride. We enjoy its highest peaks and fear the deepest valleys, but what we must always remember is that in every season of life, Jesus is on the same ride and He can and will sustain us throughout when we put our focus on who we are with, not simply where we are at. There is a way to overcome, and Jesus Christ is the way.  

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