Refuge in Despair
The feeling of despair is inevitable for all people at some point. You can argue that some people have a much rougher go of it, but not one human being will or has made it through life free from heartache. We live in a world filled with sinful, flawed and selfish people. On top of that, our physical bodies are not meant for this world forever making disease and death unavoidable. So when faced with despair, rather than avoiding this reality what keeps me [and you] turning to Christ?
Jesus loves me. The Bible Tells me so.
There is nothing I can go through that would keep Jesus from loving me. We are told in God’s word that nothing can separate us from his love in Jesus - “not death nor life, not angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation” Romans 8 : 38-39
Because he loves us he allows us to go through the pains of life to grow in our need for him and to prepare our hearts for eternity with him. 2 Corinthians 4 : 16-17 reminds us not to lose heart. “Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.”
We are not meant for this world. This life is temporary and we are created to long for what is to come. We will dwell with our Lord someday in a place where there is no more death, mourning, crying or pain (Revelation 21:3-4).
He reminds me of his goodness.
I enjoy writing and journaling so much because I am forgetful. God is good all the time, but I fail to remember that all the time. When I look back at old journals I am reminded of the things he has carried me through already. It often puts into perspective the things I am struggling with in the present.
David says in Psalm 143 as he is praying in a time of despair “I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done.”
Spirit knows Spirit.
I love that there are some things about Jesus that I just cannot explain with the limited words we have in the English language. Maybe any human language, really!
Something deep within my being just knows him. Even the rocks cry out to him and the holy spirit prays to him in groans. We ache for Jesus and our spirit knows something much more than we can describe in words.
In times of despair I have felt a comfort from him that is unexplainable - truly a peace that transcends understanding. There have been many times when I was feeling like I could not breathe from the pain of life, but cried out the name of Jesus and felt him there. I remember a time when I was sitting in my car with tears streaming down my face while rain pounded the roof and I felt his loving arms holding me. I can recollect a moment, laying alone in an open field wrestling with a decision that I had to make. I cannot explain it, but I knew Jesus was there. I recall a time sitting in the hospital, filled with fear for the things that I could not control, but when I prayed I knew my Jesus was with me. My spirit knows him well.
Are you facing despair today? Call upon the name of Jesus. Let your soul cry out in a way you cannot explain with words. He is your refuge and your strength. Your help and your comfort. He is your only hope this side of heaven and for all of eternity.