Hope in the Face of Despair

“Everything is falling apart.”

Have you ever had one of those days (or weeks or months) where everything is falling apart? It doesn’t matter how hard you try to keep it together; life just doesn’t work the way you’d like?

I’ve walked in those shoes many times. Every day can feel like a struggle. One problem gets solved, and then two more take its place. It’s like a hamster wheel of frustration and despair and all you really want to do is get off the wheel.

The REAL problem: feeling despair vs believing it

A lot of times we tell ourselves that feeling certain things is bad, sinful, and unpleasing to God. We can often make an already difficult situation even more trying because we cut ourselves down for feeling a certain way.

Hey, we get it! Life can be really hard sometimes. The problem isn’t that we’re feeling despair. The real problem happens when we begin to believe it — when we believe that a bad day or week equates to a bad life. We think things will never change, and soon despair becomes our reality; that’s never a good place to live from.

How can we expect to stand firm when tough days come if our wildly changing emotions become our reality?

Our hope in the face of despair

The good news is that we have a hope that runs deeper than our day-to-day. Just because one day is a miserable mess does not mean our entire lives are. And just because we feel lousy does not mean that’s our reality.

Psalm 27:13 says, “I would have despaired [had I not] believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

The key during our days of despair is to remember that God is always greater than our emotions, and we must believe that we will see His goodness as we live out each day. Believe with every ounce of faith you can muster that God is there. He sees you. He is with you. And He is still good, even on the hardest days.

Redeemer