Have you ever been in a season where you have been dealing with the same struggle for what seems like eternity? It can feel like you keep praying for change, but nothing happens. It can feel like your situation will never get better. Why do we continue to pray? Why do we continue to seek God? For me, it is because of this promise:
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God,
to those who are called according to his purpose.
This promise has sustained me through some of the toughest seasons of my life: seasons of waiting, seasons of despair and heartache, seasons of confusion, and seasons of frustration. I have learned that when I try to put my hope in worldly things, I start to fall into the dark hole of self-pity, and that is NOT a good place to be. I start to let my emotions dictate my actions and I start to make choices based on my wants/needs, not based on what God is calling me to do.
Friends, put your hope in Jesus and in Him alone. He promises us that He is working everything together for good. Putting our hope in Jesus will never disappoint us.
“Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good.” Romans 5:2-7 (NLT)