Do you feel hopeless?
Maybe you’re disappointed and discouraged by the state of the world. Maybe your hopelessness is much more personal.
I want you to know you can trust Jesus when you feel hopeless. He is able to heal you.
No, I can’t promise that He will heal you physically although I know He can. What I do know is that He is able to heal your heart! He is able to replace your hopelessness with joy, peace, and contentment. He is able to give you hope.
In Mark 5, we read three accounts of hopeless individuals who encountered Jesus.
A man possessed by a “legion” of evil spirits..
Whenever he was put into chains and shackles—as he often was—he snapped the chains from his wrists and smashed the shackles. No one was strong enough to subdue him.Mark 5:4
A woman who suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding…
She had suffered a great deal.Mark 5:26a, 28
She thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”
And a father whose daughter was dying…
When [Jairus] saw Jesus, he fell at his feet, pleading fervently with Him. “My little daughter is dying,” he said. “Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live.”Mark 5:22b–23
Three suffering people . . . one asked for help, another reached out to simply touch, and the third wasn’t able to do either. But after they encountered Jesus, their hopelessness was replaced with faith because they had been the recipients of His compassionate love.
That’s what His compassionate love does . . . it changes lives and gives us hope.
And that’s why He tells every hopeless soul…
“Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.”Mark 5:36
Will you pray with me?
A Prayer to Trust Jesus
When You are Hopeless
Lord Jesus, thank you for showing us the tremendous compassionate love of God. I think about praying “Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever and ever,” and I believe. You keep your promises and I trust You.
Thank you for knowing my needs and showing me Your love. You alone are able to take my feelings of hopelessness and replace them with truth that gives me hope. You are my healer, my strength, my comforter, and my Savior. You are the One who gives me life and a future filled with hope. Because of You, I no longer have to be afraid.
I yield myself to You. Please give me all I need to trust and follow wherever You lead me today. And please help me remember that I can reach out to You whenever life is hard and trust You to faithfully respond with compassion and love. You, Lord, not only give me hope . . . You are my HOPE! Amen.
Friend, when you feel discouraged and hopeless you can trust Jesus.
Reach out and touch Him. Cry out to Him in prayer. Trust His promises…
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.Isaiah 41:10
On today’s note write…
Jesus is my HOPE!
God bless you and give you everything you need to trust Jesus’ compassion and love when you are hopeless!
Thank you so much for joining me today.
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