“But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord. I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy. Though I fall I will rise; though I dwell in darkness, the Lord is a light to me.” Micah 7:7-8
Sometimes this world can be a discouraging place to live. When trials come, it is downright frustrating to live around so many others who don’t seem to appreciate the wonderful gifts that Jesus has laid out for us in Scripture. From the Bible we know that some people are even enemies of the cross of Christ (Phil 3:18).
When difficulties hit, we cannot look to these people to comfort us. Instead, it is vital that we find support from other members of the body of Christ. Even more importantly, we are also called to wait expectantly for God Himself to help us.
Remember, Jesus sent us his Holy Spirit to care for us when He ascended into heaven (John 14:16-17). This is because He loves us and He knew that no matter how hard we tried to find peace in another person or thing, we would never find fully find it there. In John 16:33b, Jesus comforts us with these words, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
If you find yourself feeling like things have turned upside down, don’t forget to remember the soothing words found in Micah above. Wait expectantly on the God who loves you, who has your best interest at heart, and who has given you salvation. Spend time in His healing presence and surrender your cares to Him. Even in your darkest hour, His love will always shine. If today is a dark day, let us know how we can pray for you in the comments. You can also submit a prayer request to a coach.
Many times I feel fearful about the circumstances You have put in my life. I want to do my best for You, but sometimes I feel discouraged or defeated. I thank you for Your wonderful Word today, and for this reminder that I can always count on You to pull me up out of the darkness into Your light. Thank you Father. May I also encourage others who need to be brought out of the darkness. In Jesus Name, amen
Write a heart-felt letter to God. If you aren’t big on writing, take a private walk and talk and pray passionately to God. Let Him know the most difficult things on your mind. Pour your heart out to Him and don’t let discouragement creep in. Remember, God has the final say and He has already won the battle. Celebrate the life to come, and do your best with what you have today!