We live in challenging times, struggling every day with discouragement and disillusionment. And exactly in such times, God’s Word encourages us it is time to hope again and be glad because of what He is about to do.
“But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy.”–Isaiah 65:18 NIV
Here is a sneak peek of my guest post at Devotableapp.com about how we can hope again when we feel discouraged.
Sometimes I simply can’t take it anymore. It is simply too much. I can’t hear another heart-breaking story or see a child crying, or listen to a hurting friend without having the feeling I will collapse under the weight of so much pain.
My heart cries to the Lord for comfort and relief, and deep longing finds its way through my sobs and muttered words. I want to live in a world without pain, without sorrow, without injustice. My desire is for a world without tears and death. I want Eden restored. Is this an impossible dream?
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Time to Hope Again
God paints for us a glorious vision of the future, a future in which the faithful believers will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign forever and ever. (Revelation 22:4-5)
If you need to learn more about the renewal of all things, I can recommend the amazing book of John Eldridge “All Things New: Heaven, Earth and the Restoration of Everything you Love”.
If you enjoy devotionals, this is my favorite devotional book based on the above book: “Restoration Year: a 365-Day Devotional!”
A Roadmap for Cultivating Hope
How can we bridge the gap between this glorious vision and our broken reality? How can we be sure it is time to hope again? What to do in the days and moments when we can’t take it anymore and hope dwindles? Isaiah gives us a roadmap for cultivating hope and joy.
In chapter 65 God speaks again about His unwavering intention to create new heavens and а new earth. He promises that the former things will be forgotten. Then He instructs us always to rejoice in what He will create.
Read the rest of the post at Devotableapp.com and be strengthened and encouraged.
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