Psalms 27:13 NKJV “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”
One of the most difficult things to ask that you be confident in the midst of trouble. The easiest thing to do is to withdraw and give in to the fear that has entrapped you. Sometimes the response of withdrawal and emotional numbness seems to be and uncontrolled reaction, but over and over in Scriptures we see that the ability to remain hopeful is an individual decision. The Bible records numerous times God saying, “fear not”, meaning that a person can choose to resist fear. Jesus before His death told His disciples that they should not be afraid of tribulation (Joh.14:27), and that they should rejoice in the midst of it (Joh.16:33). Often times in the Psalms, we see David declaring his resolution not to fear in the midst of situations that come against him.
If there is anything that can be learned from all these examples, it is that we must develop confidence in the midst of trouble. David in Psalm 27:13 said “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed…” What kept him going in the midst of his affliction was the hope of goodness. Hope gives life and strength in the midst of difficulties. The psalmist again says, “My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life” (Ps. 119:50). In essence, despite the seemingly hopeless situation around you , you can find hope in the promises of God’s Word.
Abraham is noted to have believed in hope against all hope that he will be the father of nations. His situation was hopeless because he was very old and his wife Sarah was way passed the age of child bearing, but he had hope. Where did the hope come from? It was based on the promise that God had given him, “you will be the father of nations”.
In order for you not to loose heart today, you must have confidence and hope in the midst of the trouble you face.
Scriptures to Meditate: Isa. 30:19; 58:9, Ps. 23:1-4; 34:4-5; 30:2, 5, Lam.3:21-23