Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping… -Romans 4:18
It’s easy to believe when things are smooth. When everything’s going right according to my plan, I can quickly point out all the ways God is delivering on promises and I can easily describe our next steps. In moments like those, it’s tempting to puff out our chests like spiritual superstars and think this whole “life and faith” thing is simple.
But when the edges of our clearly defined lives start to crumble… THAT’S when our rock-solid opinions start to waver. And when the sides fall in and the foundation drops away… THAT’S when it’s hard to trust that God actually does have a bigger plan.
It’s in moments like those when we desperately need Jesus to show up like He did with Thomas and say, “Stop doubting and believe!” We need Jesus to show up like He did with Peter and say, “Take courage! Don’t be afraid.” We need to hear Jesus say, “I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Because… The moments when it seems that everything is falling apart are the exact moments when God is building something new in your life.
- When Jesus told Thomas to believe, Thomas had to open his eyes to see a resurrected Savior.
- When Jesus told Peter to take courage, Peter had to step out of a perfectly good boat to follow his Lord.
- When Jesus told His disciples that He would be with them, they had to learn to trust an unseen God.
If your life (or job or ministry or family) seems to be falling apart and there’s no obvious hope on the horizon, then this could be your defining moment. This is the moment when everything you’ve known – everything you’ve been comfortable in – is falling apart so God can build something you’ve never imagined in its place. This is EXACTLY the moment to keep hoping.
Because whether you see a reason or not… God does.