Job 6:11-13 - What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient? Do I have the strength of stone? Is my flesh bronze? Do I have any power to help myself, now that success has been driven from me?
It’s time to wake up. Another day is calling your name, but you can’t bring yourself to rise out of bed. What if today is another bad day like yesterday? Lately it seems like only bad things happen to you –
All of these things and more can come crashing down on you. And when the tidal wave hits, there’s just isn’t anything left inside of you to have hope for.
Loss of hope is a common companion to many of us. We’ve had a rough time lately, but not just a onetime occasion –
It happened yesterday
It’s happening today
Will it happen again tomorrow?
All just out of reach.
So how do we find hope to hang onto?
Stunnedbygrief.com has the article, “What Hope is and How You Hang Onto It,” in which it discusses what hope is, hope’s power, and what you can do to nurture your hope such as don’t deny your emotions, but don’t let them consume you 24/7.
Sometimes it also pays to take a step back. Try to imagine yourself as an observer of your life. See the ways that you can stop sabotaging your hope, and begin again by trying some of the suggestions in the article above.
Take a look at the Bible verses above. These verses are about a man in the Bible named Job. He had lost his home, livelihood, children, and his health. Job voiced his hopelessness, but God didn’t kick him aside. In the end, Job’s hope was restored and so was all he had lost. God can do the same for us. Your life may look bleak now, but as hard as it may be, hang onto hope.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.