As our spirit begs for answers from a God who seems so silent, we’re faced with many choices in our times of despair. We can run around franticly yelling, “The sky is falling,” or we can run helplessly into the arms of the “Maker of the skies.” God’s Word tells us to do four things when we’re consumed with hopelessness and despair.
1) Turn to God. (Immediately!) How much peace have we forfeited and how much unnecessary pain have we endured…all because we fail to run immediately to the throne of God? Psalm 23 tells us that God is our source of strength in the valleys. We may not understand why God has allowed us to encounter our trials, but He has promised to use whatever pain and suffering you are enduring for your good and His glory! (Romans 8:28-29)
2) Trust in God. Instead of sinking into despair, turn to God and be assured through His promises that you can trust Him…completely. He is sovereign, which means He has allowed you to face the difficulties you endure. He promises that through it all He is with you and will never leave you. Refuse to become overwhelmed by the enemy’s attacks on your life and trust in the God who is able to redeem and restore every hope and dream that’s been lost. He is able to do MORE than you can hope for or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)
3) Stay Focused on God. Don’t allow your circumstances to distract you from keeping your eyes on Jesus. Peter taught us, all too well, that when we’re walking in faith and then take our eyes off Jesus…we’ll begin to sink. We must be determined to keep walking forward in that same level of faith that got us out of the boat in the first place! If your faith starts to fail, cry out to Jesus, He’ll reach out to save you! (Psalm 25:15; 2 Chronicles 20:12)
4) Fight the Fight of Faith. When you find yourself consumed with disappointment and overwhelmed with doubt, turn to God’s Word and be encouraged by His personal promises to you. In digging deep into His Promises you’ll find a new perspective on your circumstances and an assurance of God’s intimate love for you. With each step of faith you take, God’s presence and power will be there to meet you and lift you up. (1 Timothy 6:12; Psalm 3:3)
It’s been said that faith doesn’t make things easy, but it makes all things possible…even when the sky is falling.