Can you imagine the Bible without the lessons of Job? What a pivotal book when it comes to encouragement and understanding the sufferings and sour experiences of life! Job is our example of how to suffer, how to 'question' - even argue - with God, how to endure, and how to overcome.
As he looks out his window, all Jeremiah sees is hopelessness (see Jeremiah 3:2-21). Burning buildings, dead bodies, tear-stained cheeks. He is disillusioned, depressed, and in despair. He has believed a little lie and it has disconnected him from the truth (spiritual reality). In his mind, he has become the victim and blames God. He is … Continue reading Hope for the Brokenhearted
In Exodus 15, we catch up with the people of Israel on the proverbial 'mountain-top.' They had just witnessed the greatest victory in the history of their nation. They were up, way up. Yet if you read through to the end of the chapter, they have traveled three days without water in a parched desert and they are thirsty. Excitement spread as they saw water in the distance. Is it a mirage? No - it's the real thing! They ran to drink. Oh no, it's stagnate. It's bitter, not to mention dangerous. Just three days after their emotional high, they find themselves tired and thirsty, in the lowest of emotional valleys.
“It’s hopeless. You’re alone. You’re trapped. You are a failure. No one cares. It will never change. You’re doomed. You can’t do anything about it, so why even try? It’s over.” Lies We Believe These words ring out long and loud in many hearts. We hear the message so often, we begin to believe it: … Continue reading Finding Real Hope