When Hope Runs Out

“The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness.” Lam. 3:22-23, NASB

Maybe you watched my Devotions for Women: NO WATER! segment yesterday. If so, you’re aware that water is currently unavailable at the Wickham household. I like camping, but really, not in my own house. Yet the trial continues … a third repairmen is scheduled to investigate the issue tomorrow morning. I pray he’ll be able to correct it.

Sadly I discovered that the one place I relied on for water tonight also was unavailable, causing water to flow—not through our pipes but from my eyes. Yes, I know, I need to adjust my big girl pants. Innumerable people throughout the world live without running water every day. But can I tell you friends, with deadlines looming and piles of dirty laundry from last week’s camp getting smellier by the day, hearing the news of no relief tonight just opened my “faucet.”

I feel better now, having released the tensions and stresses. God even enabled me to laugh with my kids after the tears subsided. Though the problem still exists, God has reminded me of His faithfulness. He’s carried me in the past, and He carries me still. He is good. He is faithful. And He is present.

Have you heard “Do It Again” by Elevation worship? This song lifts my spirits even now as I write. Amen—God never fails us, and He never will. We can always count on our amazing God to see us through every life struggle.

Perhaps you’re dealing with an issue much more serious than a lack of water. Maybe your marriage is stretched beyond reason, poised to break apart. Maybe one of your children has walked away from all you’ve taught him/her about Jesus. Maybe you received a dismal health diagnosis, casting you into despair. Maybe your finances are depleted, and you fret about the future.

Maybe your hope has run out like our last trickle of water.

But! God is faithful. He doesn’t leave His own. He doesn’t bail out when circumstances descend, and He certainly doesn’t trifle with our feelings. God remains.

Two precious friends encouraged me with Scripture this morning:

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all!” 2 Thess. 3:16

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.” 2 Cor. 9:8

The peace of God and the grace of God … may these realities swell our hearts with hope, buoyed by the assurance of God’s faithfulness.

In Christ’s love,

 

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2 Replies to “When Hope Runs Out”

  1. Thank you for being real in your difficulty. Our hope and faith are in our Father!

    1. Dear Emily,

      You’re welcome, and thanks for reading. Amen, thanks be to our heavenly Father who cares for us so well. He knows our needs before we ask. I must say, since our running water has returned, I keep thanking Him!

      Much love to you in Christ,
      Emily

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