You might be down. You might be hurt. You might be discouraged but know that you will get up again. The Lord is lifting you up and pulling you up. You are not going to be down forever. This difficult and bitter season is temporary. A sweet and peaceful season is coming up. God is preparing it for you and in the meantime He is holding you and helping you get through what you are facing now. Your eyes of hope might be closed now but in your heart you know that with the Lord hope is never gone. It could be dormant in your mind but it is present and it is going to get you up again. I want you to think about what Jesus did. When He died on that cross He did the most powerful thing ever. He was laid down to rest and He was lying down until He came back to life. His position in the tomb was catalytic and it represented all the people who would ever find themselves down and out. Jesus rose again. He stood up. He walked out of that tomb and you will walk out of your predicament and walk away from the pain.
When things are tough, it’s easy to think that God has left us. He has not left you. He has not abandoned you. Tough times happen to all of us. We are not immune to them but God gives us injections of hope. Injections of peace and injections of joy in the middle of our terrible seasons. That is what He does and that is what He is going to do for you. You are about to receive the vaccine of all vaccines. Joy, peace and hope are going to run through your veins. They are going to alter your spiritual and emotional DNA and give you a boost. As you are lying there in pain and agony, stretch out your hand and grab the Lord’s hand. Embrace His restorative plan for you. He has a plan to bless you and to prosper you and He is going to turn things around. The suffering is not going to last. His plan is going to take effect and you will see the benefits of every step He has laid out for you. God is good all the time and He loves you all the time. He is going to do something that will demonstrate His love for you. Hang in there. He is not done with you!
God is an expert at restoring lives. He came back from the dead. That is quite an accomplishment. He can repair what we think is gone for good or what we think is broken. Your heart is going to be fixed and He is going to fill it with His loving presence. I have fallen many times. There were times when I didn’t feel like getting up again because I didn’t think I could. There were times when I tried to get up again but I needed an extra push. I grabbed the Lord’s hand. I did it by turning to Him and praying. I presented myself broken and defeated and He painted a picture of hope and wholeness that warmed my heart. The Lord is extremely good at encouraging us when we trust Him. He is so generous with His love and with His help. He pulled me back up and He gave me the strength to keep walking and to keep fighting the good fight of faith. You and I are constantly in a battle. The battle of faith we are in can be tough but remember the Lord has won all battles. You won’t stay down, friend. The Lord won this battle as well. You are going to get up and walk again. Stay encouraged. Stay in the Word. Stay with the Lord. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Exodus 15:2; Psalm 9:9-10; John 14:27