If you are feeling discouraged and disheartened, you are in need of hope. A biblical hope focuses on what Christ can do when faced with unprecedented trials, severe loss, and disillusionment. I wrote this to someone special who has been experiencing a lot of anguish and in the midst of their struggle, felt stuck in the dark. I pray that this letter of hope can lift you up and remind you of the Light of your salvation.
Dear disheartened one,
As I have been praying for you, the word ‘hope’ kept resounding within me. Therefore, I want to encourage you with words of hope focused on only the One who can save, heal, and redeem what is lost – Jesus Christ.
It may be difficult to fully grasp this in the midst of what you have been facing. I cannot begin to fathom the depths of despair you might be feeling and the terrible thoughts that are barraging you. I wish I could be there with you right now to support you and listen; I realize the power to sit with someone to hear their pain and struggle. Please know that while I cannot be physically present with you, I am here with you in spirit – interceding on your behalf.
And so, distressed one, “hope continually” in the Lord (Psalm 71:14a). Have you driven through a dark tunnel? Whenever I encounter a tunnel, I hold my breath and make a wish (I know, I’m such a kid!). At the beginning of that journey, there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. I’m holding my breath through the twists and turns but still, no light. It doesn’t help when a car in front of me is moving as fast as molasses… I’m about to explode!
Despite whether I make it while holding my breath or not, one piece of truth remains – there will be light at the end of a tunnel. That is a guarantee. I may not know when, but it will come.
The Lord is with you, O desperate one, and He is for you. Our great God is the God of hope who will fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him (Romans 15:13). While it may seem dark with no way out, remember that He is the Light, and in Him, there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). Therefore, the Lord will make a way out by shining a light for you to see. Now, here’s the fascinating part – the light is not just from God but leads back to God as He is the Father of Light (James 1:17). Meaning, you will not only get through this trial (Hallelujah, praise God!) but also, the Lord will be closer to you when this is over. The intimacy with the Lord is another reason to “praise [God] yet more and more!” (Psalm 71:14b).
Therefore, “let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23). Don’t give in to the lies that come through your mind; declare these biblical truths out loud so the enemy will flee. Don’t give up knowing that God is known as El Shaddai – the Almighty One – who does the possible in impossible situations. The Lord revealed this Name first to Abraham to represent His character because He wanted Abraham to know Him better (Genesis 17:1). As Romans 4:18 declares about Abraham, it was “against all [natural] hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations.” Trust in the Lord that He has you and will get you through this.
I hope you know that I am here for you, and more importantly, God is with you! May the Lord bless you, and may His presence be so present like never before. Hope in the Lord!
“But I will hope continually, and will praise you yet more and more.” (Psalm 71:14 ESV)
Love and blessings,