Last year wasn’t a favorite of mine. It was filled with personal letdowns, struggle, and trying times.
As hopeful as I usually am, I almost felt hopeless as my “encouragement cup” more times than not went half-empty or completely dry.
And it isn’t that I had given up…because I hadn’t.
So when life places you under the heat, what are you to do?
1. Trust God
“In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion” (Psalm 71:1 KJV).
I know things are a bit rocky and uncertain. You had plans that failed or are unraveling. Yet, in everything and with everything trust God. Even when we don’t understand what’s happening and why, we are to trust that God will keep us in perfect peace and aid us in our need.
“Incline thine ear unto me, and save me” (Psalm 71:2b KJV).
For some of us, praying is easy when we’re down and out. To others, we’re so upset and angry we can’t put words together to talk to God. Wherever you are upon these two lines understand prayer is essential for us.
Prayer is our lifeline and a way of fellowshipping with God. We can cast our cares and concerns to Him and in return, He lessens our load. Talking to God shows our Father we want to share our life with Him. Perhaps most importantly, it can teach us that although we don’t have it all together, if we seek God in prayer He is faithful to comfort and guide us with an answer.
3. Hope in God
“O Lord, you alone are my hope. I’ve trusted you, O Lord, from childhood” (Psalm 71:5 NLT).
Regardless of what you’re facing, constantly place your hope in God. He will not disappoint you. Friends walk away, and people often desert us when we hit rock bottom. But God will see you through.
Your Father loves you and will supply your needs according to His riches — not yours. God is our source and has faithfully proved Himself to be trusted with our life.
4. Keep Praising
“I have become a sign to many; you are my strong refuge. My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long” (Psalm 71:7-8 NIV).
God loves us during our lows and highs. Why should we let the fire hinder our praise?
Besides that, thanking God keeps our mind focus on His goodness and what He has done rather than our circumstance.
I love what David says in the verse above also: “I have become a sign to many.” Instead of moping and looking depressed in your brokenness, let your time of difficulty show people your loyalty to God. Let others see you will praise God whenever, through whatever. Permit the stormy season to radiate in your life how God can still provide you with joy during despair.
5. Understand God Restores
“Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you– I whom you have delivered” (Psalm 71:20, 23 NIV).
Yes, perhaps God didn’t prevent the struggles from coming your way. Just because He hasn’t, however, does not mean He won’t heal and restore you.
David chose to praise God in the midst of trouble, and foresaw the day He would praise God for his deliverance.
Never let a hard moment discourage you from believing God will do the same for you.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed”
(Psalm 34:18 NLT).
How do you deal with brokenness? Any encouragement? Please tell me by leaving a comment below.