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Where do you go when hope seems lost?

A devotion on seeking God during times of anxiety

Have you ever had a “suddenly” in your life that just took the wind out of your sails? The loss of someone special whom you loved, a devastating diagnosis or event that forever changes the trajectory of your life’s path, or maybe even a pandemic that shut down the world. 

In all this, I am reminded of Proverbs 13:12 which tells us “unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick” (The Message), in despair and with hope deferred. When life keeps pounding at your heart’s door, it’s easy to feel as though you are in the desert place – dry and barren of hope and faith. 

Where do you go when hope seems lost or is scattered from here to there? What can you do to keep despair from consuming your heart and mind, stealing your peace, or weakening your faith? 

Go to your Father who is waiting for you. Whisper his name and he will come to you. Worship him, the one who loves you most, and give him honor and praise. Ask him for what you want for he is Jehovah-Jireh, your provider. Rest in his peace for he is Jehovah-Shalom and let him heal you. 

Celebrate the answers to come for that “suddenly” and be anxious about nothing, pray and his peace will transcend all understanding (Philippians 4:4-7). And you will have Hope. Rest in Almighty God for he cares for you. 

Trust in Jehovah, I am who I am. He will never fail you nor forsake you. When you rest in the knowledge of who God is, there is peace in the middle of the storms that life will give. 

“Suddenly” yields to peace, fear gives way to love and understanding wipes out all confusion that can consume your heart and mind. God is good. Worship him. 

“To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” – Isaiah 61:3

Written by Jada Kamp, fatherhood support coordinator for Fatherhood EFFECT for Buckner Children’s Village in Beaumont, Texas.

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