I recently read an article where the author told people to stop hoping for things to be different. He advised us to move on from living in denial and to instead accept the dismal changes our country and world are facing. It is what it is.
I have to tell you this article discouraged me.
Of course we need to be willing to accept change. Change happens. It’s healthy to be able to change with life’s situations.
But where’s the hope? Where’s the faith? Where’s God?
Should we always just accept all that life brings us or should we trust God to make a difference?
Should we believe God is able to work the impossible for the sake of mercy and grace?
Or should we just roll with life’s punches?
At what point does hope and faith become denial?
- Was it denial when Elisha asked God to open the eyes of his servant and see the angelic powers surrounding them when faced with a mighty army?
- Was it denial when Moses trusted God to protect the Israelites when they faced the impossible situation of a sea in front of them and a mighty army pursuing them from behind?
- And was it denial when Abraham trusted God to make him a father of many nations when his wife was not only infertile but too old to humanly give birth?
What role do faith and hope play in today’s life situation?
They play a major role.
Understand this: when we are hopeless we are faithless, and when we are faithless we become prayer less.
Faithful prayer looks at the situation you’re facing and says, “God can do the impossible. He can do what no man or country or world leader can do.
He is God. He is able to either change this situation or use it for a wonderful blessing where his gospel will spread and many will turn to him.
Exactly what he will do is in his hands.
He is sovereign. He is in control. But he wants us to step out and trust him to work amazing blessings in seemingly horrific situations for his glory and our blessing.
He does not want us to become discouraged or hopeless.
He wants us to trust him to fulfill every promise of his word.
He wants us to pray.
How can we not allow the difficult situation we’re facing to pull us into discouragement and hopelessness?
By looking up and keeping our eyes on God; not on the daunting situation we’re facing.
You may call that denial; I call that faith.
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,the Maker of heaven and earth.” Ps. 121:1