When You Feel Helpless & Need Hope – Remember & Follow

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When you feel helpless and hopeless, remember what God has done and follow the path that Jesus has already prepared for you. He is the Way, Truth, and Life. He is able to do the impossible.

I’ve been having trouble sleeping lately. After mentally and physically busy days, it can be hard to relax my body and quiet my thoughts and rest.

The writer of Psalm 77 penned the following…

You keep my eyes from closing. I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

Psalm 77:4 (NLV)

The Message put it like this…

I’m awake all night—not a wink of sleep; I can’t even say what’s bothering me.

How often I see myself on the pages of Scripture and think . . . ” It helps to know I’m not the only one.”

But it saddens me that the enemy has also been able to attack my thoughts like this…

I think of the good old days, long since ended,
when my nights were filled with joyful songs.
    I search my soul and ponder the difference now.
Has the Lord rejected me forever?
    Will He never again be kind to me?
Is His unfailing love gone forever?
    Have His promises permanently failed?

Psalm 77:5–8

Have you ever been in a painful situation and wondered…

  • Has the Lord rejected me?
  • Will He ever be kind again?
  • Has He withdrawn His love?
  • Can I still trust His promises?

The enemy of our souls plants those thoughts and tempts us to play them on a loop again and again and again.

That’s why I love that the Spirit inspired the writer of this Psalm to write…

But then I recall all You have done, O Lord;
    I remember Your wonderful deeds of long ago.
They are constantly in my thoughts.
    I cannot stop thinking about Your mighty works.

Psalm 77:11–12

These are the thoughts we need we need to replay continuously. The “but then” and “but God” thoughts help us remember all God has done in the past. Remembering His past goodness and grace gives us what we need to escape the enemy’s tormenting taunts.

I love the next verses…

When the Red Sea saw You, O God,
    its waters looked and trembled!
Your road led through the sea,
    Your pathway through the mighty waters—
    a pathway no one knew was there!

Psalm 77:16 & 19

God makes paths for us to pass through our painful circumstances even where there are no paths. He always has been, is now, and always will be able to do the impossible to save His children.

The other night, the Lord laid something on my heart as I was thinking about this…

God parted the Red Sea and saved His people when they were trapped by an enemy trying to kill them but He didn’t take them directly to the Promised Land. On the other side of the Red Sea was The Wilderness.

I paused. I’d never thought about that before. What did it mean?

I think the Spirit was reminding me that God gives us ways to be saved from the attacks of the enemy of our souls. But He doesn’t take us straight to the Heavenly Promised Land. This world will always have its challenges and at times it will feel like we are wandering around in the wilderness.

But we can be confident that the Promised Land is in our future. Praise God! When we faithfully follow the Lord like a pillar of cloud through the day and a pillar of fire at night (Exodus 13:21), He leads us safely through those challenging wilderness times and places . . . toward our forever home in His presence.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.

Ephesians 1:3

So, when you feel helpless and need hope, remember all that God has done for you in the past and follow Him with hope into the beautiful future.

When you feel helpless and hopeless, remember what God has done and follow the path that Jesus has already prepared for you. He is the Way, Truth, and Life. He is able to do the impossible.

Let’s pray…

A Prayer to Remember and Follow

Father, I’m so tired. I feel anxious and I don’t know what to do. Circumstances are hard but the enemy’s constant attacks on my heart and mind are the hardest part. He constantly shouts “Did God really promise? It’s hopeless. You’re going to feel like this forever.”

But Your Word tells me that You are faithful to keep Your promises. (Hebrews 10:23) That You won’t let me be tempted beyond my ability . . . that You will give me a way of escape. (1 Corinthians 10:13) And that You are full of unfailing love and faithfulness. (John 1:14)

And I pause to remember all the times You have provided for me in the past. First and most important, You sent Jesus to suffer the punishment I deserved. You saved me and made me Your child.

You have also turned things around when they appeared hopeless. And even when You didn’t change the circumstances and my heart was broken, You showed me a path to healing. You put the pieces back together and filled me with peace, hope, and even joy.

So, I will trust You yet again. I give myself to You. Please give me everything I need to follow Your path every day now and forever. In the name of Your Son and my Savior, Jesus. Amen.

When you feel helpless and hopeless, remember what God has done and follow the path that Jesus has already prepared for you. He is the Way, Truth, and Life. He is able to do the impossible.

The enemy of our souls will always try to push feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. He wants us to feel trapped in our circumstances. He wants us to doubt God’s ability and love.

But he’s a liar. Jesus called him the “father of lies.” (John 8:44)

When he presses in with his lies, may we run to Jesus . . . the Way, Truth, and Life.

May God bless you and help you remember all He has done and follow Jesus along the path everylasting.

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  1. Thank You FOR SHARING DEB ????????♥️WOW ????TRULY INSPIRATIONAL ❗️We Are Doing The Book Of JOB for Sunday Sermons For the next Few Weeks. Satan BOTHERED JOB for Purposes We DONT Know Just Like Satan bothers US For Reasons WE DONT Know ????????BUT We CAN Count ON G-d♥️ being WITH US ❗️❗️????????♥️

    1. Thank you, Cheri. Amen. Even when we don’t understand, God is able to use our difficulties to remind us of His loving care and presence. May the Lord be with you and bless you!

  2. Deb,
    I am grateful for all of your posts, but this one was needed so very much for me. I know that you understand because you have gone through a similiar situation with one of your children.
    It has really taken alot out of me emotionally, which leads to physical ailments as well. I do know something definite about it all; GOD IS WITH ME THROUGH IT AND HE WILL GET ME THROUGH IT!! It is going to take his divine intervention and I know that what ever the outcome, it is going to be in my best interest. He has always taken care of me and he has gotten me through some very hard times. I am just so grateful that he has put my sweet “significant other” in my life, and his wonderful family.
    They are all roll models of how a family should be. Lots of love shared here!!
    I am also grateful for this website and your wisdom and for friendship that I have received here.
    You have brought verses to life and explained them well.
    I know that you have so much on your plate, but you keep going and you keep us going.
    I keep you and your family in my prayers, as well as your followers.
    I too, have had many sleepless nights over my situation, and I am now to a point where I am so totally worn out from it all. Knowing that the Holy Spirit can pray for me and express for me the things that need to be said and what I need, is such a comfort. This situation has brought me closer to God. I am grateful for that.
    God bless you my sweet friend and I hope that you have a good day and a good nights sleep!!

    1. Oh, Sue. I can remember days of tears and heartache. It is so painful and I’m sorry that you are going through it right now. You are right though, He is with you and He will get you through it! I have learned so much about my Lord and His love since that time. He lifted me out of the pit of despair and set my feet on the solid rock.

      I’m so glad you have wonderful loving people around you to encourage you and remind you of how very much you are loved. Thanks so much, as always, for your kind encouragement. I love doing this and I’m so very thankful for all of you. Blessings and hugs, sweet friend!

  3. Perfect timing and such a straight forward teaching, Deb! I’m so grateful for you, this site and the truth you share.
    It’s life changing!

    1. Thank you for your kind encouragement, Monday! I truly appreciate it! God bless you!

  4. It always helps me when I recount everything God has worked for good in my life. Not every situation was good in and of itself, but the Lord has used it for my edification always.
    Blessings, Deb!

    1. Amen, Martha! I would say the same. There have been some difficult moments but I can look back and say that God has always used them for my good. I am so very thankful. Blessings!

  5. Ana Cordova says:

    Thank you Deb for the beautiful words and prayer to help me when having difficult times sleeping.
    It really hit home ever since I recovered from Covid I at times have difficulty sleeping. I know our Lord Jesus Christ is always at my sight covering and touching me with his holy hands to help me sleep. I am forever grateful that God is always with me and will never forsake me. Which is why he has put me through this path to grow and trust and believe in him. He has placed all the wonderful person in this prayer group in my path to be there each other in prayer. Thank you dear Lord Jesus
    for always listening to my prayers and protecting me, my family and friends. May God continue to keep us in this prayer group so we can have each other for support.
    Blessing Deb and all the persons that follow us with their words of encouragement and prayers.

    1. What a beautiful way to think on sleepless nights . . . remembering that Jesus is with us covering us and touching us with His holy hands. My dad used to rock me to sleep when I was very little. It is comforting to think of our Lord holding us safely in His arms. What a wonderful way to relax and drift off to sleep. God be with you and bless you!