Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Hope Gets You To The Light At the End of The Tunnel

Have you ever felt like you are in a tunnel that seems to be closing in on you while getting darker and darker?  It’s pretty safe to say that everyone has felt like that at least once.  You might be struggling with people disappointing you, health issues, despair, anxiety, changes, ..that list could go on and on and on, but believe it or not there is a light at the end of that tunnel.  Only God knows how long we are going to have to walk through it until we reach the end, but don’t give up hope and look for the light.  Eventually, we will get to the other side.

In 1 Samuel, we read that Saul hated David.  David was constantly on the run from him, and David did not know why he hated him so much.  We are going to meet up with some challenging people in our lives, and dealing with them while trying to figure out who we can trust can be physically and emotionally taxing.  People may let us down and hurt us , but the Lord won’t ever leave us, hurt us or let us down.  He is walking through that dark tunnel with us, and He wants to protect us from the walls that seem to be closing in.

When we struggle with our health or an addiction, we seek the help of doctors, family, friends, and even advice on the internet.  The tunnels where these struggles take place can be long ones with many sharp turns, but God is with us, giving us the power to keep moving through them without stopping. It’s likely that fear will take over if we don’t choose to lean on God and call on Him to help us get through it.

God does hear us when we call on Him.  And what does He want in return?  Our obedience and trust. 

He wants us to trust Him enough to ask Him to help us, believe in the way He rescues us (whether we like or agree with it or not), and then be thankful.  He is our strength when we are weak, and that means that He deserves the glory in a victory!

We, as believers, need to be in a spirit of thankfulness for all things God has done for us.  Then He will hear us.  We cannot walk as we desire and expect answers from Him only when we choose.  The Bible tells us that Jesus is our intercessor and our prayers and the cries of our hearts are taken directly to the throne of the Most High.  That gives me comfort. 

When you’re in a tunnel..
·         Do you call to Him or try to do it on your own?
·         Do you trust God enough to get you through until you can see the light at the end?
·         Do you see it as an answer when He does rescue you?

Don’t give up hope.  He will rescue you, and He deserves the glory for it during the journey as well as when it’s over.  Don’t forget to truly worship Him when He pulls you out.  He desires it and He deserves it!

Passages to Ponder:
Psalm 50:15- Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.

Hebrews 7:24-25- But because Jesus lives forever, His priesthood lasts forever.  Therefore, He is able, once and forever to save those who come to God through Him.  He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.

I Thessalonians 5:18- Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

Contributors: Karen Bromby, Maria Kucharczuk, Michele Killion, Kim McClure and Kristy Tolley

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