Every day lived in HOPE is a better day! I've lived in HOPE and I've lived hopeless and I much prefer HOPE! With HOPE there's the feeling that the light is coming up at the end of my long, dark tunnel. Sometimes, our tunnels are so dark, it's even hard to imagine there will ever be light again. Relief seems far away and oppression presses in on our heart, mind and soul. It's a powerful tool of satan's to make us feel hopeless and oppressed.
Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him.
1 John 1:5 HCSB
Anytime we're feeling that darkness, we know it's not from the Lord because there is no darkness in Him. He doesn't ever oppress us or make us feel depressed. These are all weapons from the evil one to keep us focused on anything but Jesus. When we're going through difficulties, he certainly doesn't have to press us very hard to make us feel like we've been swallowed by darkness, does he? That's why we really have to force ourselves on those days to talk to God, get into His Word, and hunker down behind Him. Once we do, we start to feel that HOPE again and see that sliver of light showing through.
But you must return to your God.
Maintain love and justice,
and always put your hope in God.
Hosea 12:6 HCSB
I love this - God tells us time and again in the Bible to return to Him and put our HOPE in Him. That's because there is no other HOPE except through Jesus. God wants us to have that beautiful love, grace, and HOPE. Turn to Jesus - give Him your life - and you'll see that all is not lost but that you will have a HOPE and a future!
Blessings - Julie