Hold on to Hope

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10 (NIV)

I had to stay off my feet for at least a few days.

My knee pounded with pain as I limped from room to room. As I sat stranded in front of the TV and bore the discomfort, a friend from church who had been homebound for a while came to mind. He always offered a cheerful smile when I dropped in for a visit. Even on days filled with severe pain, he extended his hand to greet me—but he uttered not a word. I understood what his silence meant and prayed for his pain to go away.

Even though I was there to comfort him, he comforted me even more with his unselfish interest in my life. His witness to the power of God’s grace—which sustained him through his many trials—inspired me and strengthened my faith. 

Our friends and family members who inspire others in the face of illness should remind us to hold tight to Christ when we find ourselves in the midst of a storm. God wants us to hope in Him who cares about every difficulty. He is there when we grieve and mourn. He is there when we cry out in pain.

He knows our misery. Christ felt it before.

The Lord does not want our trust in Him weakened, allowing the pains and sorrows to strip us of hope. There is hopefulness in Christ—and despair lies in wait for those who turn from the Savior. 

Encouraged by those who suffer with hope in the Lord, let us remember to ask Jesus to bestow the same grace to us during our difficult moments.

Lord, at times it seems impossible to feel hopeful during our trials. Help us to always trust that in and through You we can find the hope we seek. Amen.

Doug (CA)