There are many scriptures in the Bible that have captivated my heart, one of them being Psalms 42:5.
“Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become restless and disturbed within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall again praise Him, for the help of His presence (Amplified).
The Message translation is just as comforting:
“Why are you in the dumps, dear soul? Why are you crying the blues? Fix my eyes on God—soon I’ll be praising again. He puts a smile on my face. He’s my God.”
What comfort and assurance we have when we understand that even in trouble times, our hope can rest in God. Too often do we become anxious and distraught by our circumstances. We can easily find ourselves engulfed in despair because we are unable to turn situations around as we see fit. But there is a confident hope that we possess as Believers in Christ Jesus. We have the Hope of Glory who always prays for us, especially in our times of afflictions. We have the Son of God Himself, who sits at the right hand of God, petitioning the Father on our behalf. As we look to Him for our help, we begin to see our situations as He sees them. We begin to find ourselves relating to the Believers in the Bible, who determined that the testing and trials they encountered eventually produce righteous fruits. We quickly learn as James learned to “Count it all pure joy” whenever we face troubles of all kinds (James 1:2). We can rejoice in knowing that the present affliction cannot compare to the glory that is soon to be revealed to us (Romans 8:18). We can remain sure in knowing that even when we are at our lowest, God is our refuge and a “very present help in trouble” (Psalms 46:1).
As Believers, we cannot afford to handle hard times in the same manner as those who do not know the Lord. If we resort to dealing with obstacles according to our human nature, which is separate from God’s nature, we bring ourselves under the weight of depression, oppression, and desolation. Therefore, we must be willing to cast all our cares upon the One who cares for us, for in doing so, we let our troubles know that surely they won’t last always.