For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to the grave. I am counted with those who go down to the pit; I am like a man who has no strength, Psalm 88:3-4
There are often days in which a person feels as if the days are nothing but trouble and that there is no longer any hope. No matter where a person looks, there is trouble and pain. All that appears to be left is death. During these times a person feels weak and helpless with no hope of anything getting better.
The writer of this psalm is stating that his life is full of trouble that is heading towards death and that he has no strength left.
Everyone has days of troubles and sorrows. Sometimes those days appear to have no end and just keep on going and going from bad to worse. During these times, the world looks to things of the world to help numb the pain that a person is going through.
Drugs, sex, alcohol, movies, music and anything else that can take the mind off of the pain and suffering is used to help. Some will then turn to suicide, thinking that there is nothing left and no more hope for a better life. There is no longer any strength left to keep standing and moving forward.
Believers are not immune to pain and suffering. They will also have many of the same sorrows that the world has. However, believers can have a hope that the world does not know, nor understand.
Instead of turning to the things of this world that will only bring death in the end, believers can turn to God. He is a God of love and mercy and can give the needed strength to keep walking through the storms of life. There is a hope of eternal salvation that awaits those who put their trust in Him.
Pain and suffering are real, and you most likely have days in which that is all you feel. You will have days in which you have no strength left to want to keep moving forward. During these times put your hope in Christ Jesus. Turn to God for the needed strength. He will walk by your side in the storm of your life to give you the strength and hope you need. You have the hope of eternal life waiting for you. Don’t give up.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will give you strength to make it through hard times; that you will know God’s presence each day; and that you will know the hope you can have in Christ Jesus.
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