Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
How often do you feel like you are walking in shadows? Not depression, but just on the edge of discouragement and frustration. The dreams and hope that you once had for life seem dashed against the rocky shores of the present. The future seems really far away, and plans that you once had appear pointless. The world seems to be spinning, as you stand still. You want someone to stop and notice, to give you a hug or a word of encouragement, but their lives are moving forward. No one seems to even glance at you, as you sink to your knees in weary exhaustion. You know the truth. You know that God is there…somewhere. You hurt – physically, emotionally, and even spiritually.
1. Take it easy.
Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10a
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Sometimes, we just need rest – physically, emotionally, and even spiritually. Take time to stop “doing” and just start “being.”
2. Be Patient in Prayer.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way. Psalm 37:7
Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Ecclesiastes 7:8
But as for me, my prayer is to you, O LORD. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness. Psalm 69:13
Allow God to be sovereign, not only in His will, but also in His way.
3. Believe God’s Promises.
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord! Psalm 31:24
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
My cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:5b-6
In this life, we may not even see a glimmer of the depth of His plan. He is using this life to prepare us for the next, which is where we are designed to be – forever in His presence.
4. Have Faith in the Illogical and Irrational.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Romans 8:24-25
Usually, what we can see, feel, and understand is not God’s truth. God’s truth is often found in the seeming contradictions in life. What we hope for is what we cannot even fathom.
Unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us… Ephesians 3:20
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18
5. Do the Next “Right Thing.”
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.1 Corinthians 15:57-58
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
If we look too far ahead, it’s overwhelming, at times. Just take the next step in the right direction. Follow the will of God one step at a time. Don’t jump unless God asks you to. (You can’t span a chasm in two small steps, so sometimes, we need to jump.)
“Joy does not depend upon your circumstances, but upon your relationship with God.”
– Laura Story
“Where the soul is full of peace and joy, outward surroundings and circumstances are of comparatively little account.”
– Hannah Whitall Smiith