Hope is so important to our well-being. When we lose it our world can become very dark and lonely. Our world today seems to lack hope. All you need to do is turn the news on if you want to feel discouraged and hopeless. We need to fight this hopelessness by remembering what God says about this life. We need to remember who we are and whose we are. We are God’s chosen ones, blessed and highly favored. He has called us to walk above our circumstances with Him.
We have several weapons at our disposal to use against discouragement.
1. One is scripture. Here are a few verses that encourage me in those dark times.
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage, I have overcome the world.” This verse speaks volumes to me when I become overwhelmed and discouraged.
Matthew 28:20 “…and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Hebrews 6:18 “ so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.”
Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their vindication is from Me, declares the Lord.”
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
2. Another weapon we have against discouragement is to stay plugged in to those around us. We need to reach out to our support system when we are struggling. We reach out to them to remind us of the truth that we may have forgotten for a time. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 “9 Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. 10 For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. 11 Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? 12 And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.”
3. Still another weapon is looking at our past victories. Keeping a journal of our struggles and how we were able to overcome the obstacles in our past can make this very easy.
4. Reaching out to others in need is also another way to keep our hope. This week as I was struggling with discouragement, a friend of mine gave me the name and number of someone struggling with great tragedies in her life. As I talked with this woman and shared with her what God had done in my life it reminded me what He has done and will do for us when we hold fast to His promises!
When we keep our hope alive it allows us to move through those hard times into victory!
What are you doing to keep your hope alive today? Please share any tools you use or any special scripture that speaks to you in your hard times.