THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13TH Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)
What causes despair? by: Paula McKee
“Now FAITH is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Who among us doesn’t feel occasional despair? For a Christian, despair should only be occasional and short-lived. The previous statement is easier to type than to live out. I’ve been in financial despair, despair from infertility, despair from losing a loved one, despair from depression, and despair from very superficial things like not having the car that I want to not practicing self-control and gaining weight. If you’ve felt despair, you’re in good company. The trick is realizing that you’re despairing. Christians have no need to despair. They serve a powerful and mighty God who sent His son to reconcile us to Him. He parted the Red Sea for the Israelites when there seemed to be no escape. He has rescued me from despair on so many occasions when I know I didn’t deserve it. I weep real tears of gratitude remembering those occasions, which bolsters my faith to continue believing and trusting that He will come through for me again and again, even if I have to stand beside the sea with the enemy breathing down my neck for a time. I need only remind myself of the promises in His word to find peace in the midst of trials. He’s there, and He is faithful.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, praised by Your Name! You are faithful to rescue me from despair when I don’t deserve to be rescued. Thank you! Help me to center myself in your peace when sadness or storms surround me. Help me to place my trust only in You, knowing that Your ways are perfect, even when I can’t understand what is happening in my life. The peace You give is all I want or need. In Jesus’ holy name I pray. Amen.