“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
The above verse has always been inspirational, but it has special meaning when you are feeling hopeless and in much despair. Sometimes it’s hard even to fathom that God has plans for us especially when we don’t know where our long-awaited blessing is that we've been praying for, or where our next paycheck or meal may be coming from. We must remember that God still has it all mapped out. Even in the toughest of times when we feel we are too far from God’s reach and life is messy, He is still planning to prosper us and not to harm us. His plan is always to give us hope and a future.
When that thing you are hoping for seems lost or never to be achieved, remember God’s promise to us. If you are feeling all hope is lost, even though you’re tired, there is still work to be done to get your hope back.
Here's what that work looks like:
Surround yourself with positive people. Negative plus negative will never equal a positive when it comes to relationships, so being around people who can uplift us when we're down will help us to regain our hope faster.
Read messages of hope in your Bible and devotionals. Those readings reassure us that everything will be alright and show us that our hope can return after it has slipped away.
Make sure to interact with other believers and enjoy life in the meantime. We can have fun even when our lives seem to be falling apart because God is driving, so our problem-solving can be on cruise control!
Listen to uplifting praise and worship music. Music gets into our spirit and can sway our thoughts and feelings. We have to make sure they are being swayed in the right direction.
Listen to messages on hope. When we can hear someone else's testimony of how their hope manifested goodness in their life, we are more prone to believe the same for our lives. It’s hard work to pull yourself out of the pit and begin to hope again, but if you know the pit is not where you belong, you will do the work.
Today, if you are empty and feel like you’ve given everything you had, but things haven’t gotten better, ask God for the strength to hang in there. Do the work to pull yourself up from the pit to regain your hope despite your circumstances, and hope on anyway!
In Romans 10:17, when Paul says, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ,” it is the absolute truth! We regain our hope, strengthen our faith and ourselves when we hear and read God’s word.
The following YouTube messages and Amazon resource have helped me out of my pits, and I believe they can do the same for you or someone you know.
*Joyce Meyer's Prisoners of Hope YouTube Message
*Joel Osteen's Anchored to Hope YouTube Message
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