There are days when I feel so tired, discouraged and defeated. It seems like so many things have gone wrong and I just want to curl up and have a good cry. Sometimes, I do just have a good cry then I turn to the Lord and I ask for Him to give me direction in the situations that seem so hopeless. I don’t always think that I get an answer right away, but in those times, I know that the Lord is saying, “Wait.”
In these times, I seek the Lord through prayer, through His Word and through worshipping Him. Things are never hopeless if you have the Lord on your side. He will give you the strength you need when you need it. You don’t have to turn to any kind of artificial strength (alcohol, drugs, or medication) – the Lord is sufficient!
I have had a hard weekend with yesterday being the worst. I just feel so persecuted and hated but the Lord warned me that there would be times like this. “If the world hates you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.” John 15:18
Jesus also told us what to do to those who treat us this way. “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them who hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44)
These words pierce my heart. Oh Lord, it is so hard to do sometimes! I don’t like being hated, cursed, used and persecuted. Lord, I pray that through these things, that You use me to be a light that would point others to You. Lord, I pray that the evil deeds would, in Your timing, be revealed. Lord, I pray that You would bless those who hate me and speak untruths about me. Lord, give me Your peace, Your strength, and Your Joy.
The Lord refreshes me and I will sing His praises. My hope and my joy are in my Lord. I will sing of His love, His peace, and His joy. I will worship Him and Praise Him for I know that He has a plan for all things and that “all things work together for the good to them that love God” (Romans 8:28).