“The deepest pains may linger through the night,
but joy greets the soul with the smile of morning.”
Psalm 30:5b (VOICE)
When you’re in the clutches of an agonizingly painful situation, it’s easy to focus on your suffering and lose sight of the bright ray of hope emerging on your horizon. If your world is falling apart the difficulties you are experiencing can be overwhelming. Every thought is filtered through a sieve of pain, pressure and misery. Jeremiah was going through a tough time, too, and here he gives a vivid description of how he was feeling ~ including the One thing that pulled him through:
“Just thinking of my troubles and my lonely wandering makes me miserable.
That’s all I ever think about, and I am depressed.
Then I remember something that fills me with hope.
The Lord’s kindness never fails!
If He had not been merciful, we would have been destroyed.
The Lord can always be trusted to show mercy each morning.
Deep in my heart I say, “The Lord is all I need; I can depend on Him!”
Lamentations 3: 19-24 (CEB)
It’s understandable that you might be depressed if you continually think about your troubles. But if you turn your attention to the God of Hope and reach down deep into the depths of your heart to say, “The Lord is all I need; I can depend on Him!” ~ your pain will be displaced with seeds of heavenly hope, which will grow into His divine joy, the kind which greets your soul with a smile. Remind yourself that God can use everything in your life for something good…even the darkest nights and the deepest pains.
“So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18(MSG)
Though you have not seen Him, you love Him;
and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him
and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.
2 Peter 1:8 (NIV)
Imagine the feeling of inexpressible joy! There are many joyous moments in life that bring about such a feeling: the birth of a precious baby, finding the love of your life, landing your dream job, …even good news from an oncology report. Of course all of these wonderful events would naturally elicit the feeling of indescribable joy, but for the child of God, joy can be experienced even in the darkest moments of life.
Here’s the astonishing truth: Joy is not the absence of sorrow, disappointments, struggles, or suffering. Joy is God’s presence in all things.
Joy is an aspect of God’s nature and character, and so to draw near to God is to draw near to joy. As a child of God, you can tap into inexpressible and glorious joy continually. When waves of difficulty crash over your life, the burden is greatest if you feel a sense of isolation in the midst of your suffering. Yet when God is there, all your difficulties are infused with His mysterious and glorious joy. Spend time in His presence and be filled you with His inexpressible joy, no matter what you are facing in life.
- “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5b (AMP)
- “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10b (NIV)
- “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8a (NKJV)
- “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” Psalm 16:11 (NIV)
May the God of Hope
Fill you with all
Joy and Peace
As you trust in Him,
So that you may overflow with Hope
By the power of the Holy Spirit.
Do you need encouragement today? The words of today’s verse offer Joy and Peace to those who place their trust in the living “God of Hope.”
Another passage refers to this living hope:
[Praise to God for a Living Hope] Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you. 1 Peter 1:3
So no matter what sort of trial you may be facing in your life, if you are a child of God, you have a living hope inside of you through your faith in Jesus Christ. With Christ, you have the power to “overflow with Hope.”
Today, instead of focusing on whatever problems you may see in your path, turn your thoughts to our God of Hope and ask Him to fill you with Joy and Peace to the point that you are bubbling over and overflowing with Hope. Your problems will fade in comparison to the peace and joy you feel in God’s presence.
Peace, Joy and Overflowing Hope be to you!
Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
and there are no grapes on the vines;
even though the olive crop fails,
and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields,
and the cattle barns are empty…
yet I will rejoice in the LORD!
I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
The Sovereign LORD is my strength!
He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
able to tread upon the heights.
Habakkuk 3:17 – 19 NIV
When you feel overwhelmed by the weight of problems bearing down on you from all sides or if your troubles seem to be more that you can handle, remember that you can still find joy in our LORD, and that joy is actually your source of strength.
“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 NIV
We are not controlled by the circumstances swirling around our lives. As children of God, we have a source of unlimited strength within us to endure any trial we face. He will give us surefooted confidence to place one foot in front of the other as we tread through the deepest valleys. You will run like a swift deer through dangerous and rough terrain.
Instead of focusing on your difficulties, look to God and rejoice in Him. Your troubles will pale in comparison to the light of His glory. Trust Him with any situation in life, and you will find confidence and hope in the darkest of days.