Hope in times of trouble how to survive

Hope in times of trouble

“What are you talking about, there is no hope in times of trouble!”

Have you heard anyone say this recently? So many tragedies. Lives lost through fanatics declaring war on innocent people.

Why target the children? What’s the point? We may as well give up.

DON’T GIVE UP

Hope in times of trouble how to survive by Margaret Kazmierczak

“Many there be which say of my soul, there is no help for him in God. Selah. But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and lifter up of mine head. I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.” Psalm 3:2-4

Where is God?

People who have no hope doubt the power of a God who listens and hears.

“Where is He? Why doesn’t he do something?”

God uses us, our hands to “do something”. We are His instruments. It’s for us to do something with the courage of God in our hearts.

God’s call

There ARE people doing something, responding to God’s call. It might be through actions, reactions, compassion or prayer. What we must not do as Christians is sleep through the crisis, or give up.

Hope in times of trouble how to survive by Margaret Kazmierczak

 

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22

Even in the times of trouble, our calling is to bring hope and pray like the psalmist:

“I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about. Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly. Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.” Psalm 3:6-8

Our survival depends on it.

Be a beacon

If Christians give up hope in times of trouble then what hope have those who live in desperation?

The truth is:

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 124:8

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God. Psalm 146:5-6

These words are our survival kit, our shield against those that declare we should give up, that there is no God!

Hope in times of trouble how to survive by Margaret Kazmierczak

Start with believing in the little things…

I am so fortunate to know that God helps even in little things. In our household, the plea of “Where is my phone/credit card/keys/sports kit etc. has dogged my footsteps all my married life. Having five people lose items on a regular basis over the years led me to ponder on how I could train them to be organised! I have lost many hours trying to find the missing object. Finally, I realised that to keep my sanity I needed a higher authority to help.

Now instead of blowing my fuse and hunting for ages I merely ask God to reveal it to me. With a consistency that is equal to perfection, God honours my prayer unless it is not in the house. In that case, a thought occurs to me where it might be.

Having hope that God will answer my request for little things, I know that He will also declare His revelation in the significant battles of my life now and in the future.

…then move to the larger ones

In the grander scheme of life, God will also show up in the tragedies through our participation in His call as one body in Christ.

“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.” 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

Waiting for the answers?

In answer to the first question – Have you heard anyone say this recently? So many tragedies. Lives lost through fanatics declaring war on innocent people. Why the children? What’s the point? We may as well give up.

On our own the answer is impossible, and tragedies will continue. As a body united for the good of the world with God as our shield and saviour – all things are possible.

Why target the children? Because they are innocent and the impact is immediate to our hearts. But how do we respond, that is the question, are we sleepers, hearers or doers?

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22

“Where is He? Why doesn’t he do something?”

Oh, God answers – but do we hear and respond as a person, a government, country or universally? Do we unite in God’s answer, or just pursue our own ideas of what we think HIS answer is?

Many members, one body, united in God all working together to bring hope in times of trouble.

Author: Margaret Kazmierczak

For over fifty years I have laughed and cried through my life – it has been exciting, exhausting, emotional, challenging and infuriating. No one gave me a map or a ‘How to get out of stressful situations’ manual, to help me on my journey. Instead, it has been God and me, His Word and my mistakes.

So let’s cut to the chase, I am a wife and mother of three almost adult children! I live in the South of England and dislike the rainy climate. Yes, it looks green but so does my face with little sunshine!

With many occupations under my belt, I now spend my time writing – mainly Christian inspirational works on my blog. However, I also include book reviews and some humorous pieces too. I have one published book so far….. keep looking as there are plans afoot for more!

My life is hectic; I am disorganised, and God continually sorts me out.

I hope my words bring you hope, comfort and laughter as I sit here in my dining room praying for inspiration and for the cat to get off my laptop!

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