What Can I Do When My Feelings Go From Discouraged to Hopeless?

If you feel hopeless, helpless, or powerless – unable to deal with people or problems and on the verge of exhaustion – take heart in the prophet Habakkuk’s stirring conclusion to his short book.

Knowing that a savage army of Babylonians would soon plunder his homeland, Habakkuk was discouraged. Surely, the coming destruction would be absolutely unbearable. Yet despite the disheartening scenario, Habakkuk penned an amazing response:

“Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.

The Lord God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.”

Habakkuk 3:18-19

Even if the crops all failed, the livestock died, and everything he had learned to depend on was ruined, Habakkuk would still trust the Lord (3:17)

Strengthened by God’s Word

Where did the prophet find such hope in the face of such terrible calamity? For one thing, clearly he had been strengthened by God’s Word. His expression of faith clearly echoes the words of David, uttered centuries before:

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I will call upon the Lordwho is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.”

Ps. 18:2-3

The Lord is At Work

Also, Habakkuk had spent a great deal of time alone with the Lord. In fact, the book that bears his name is a record of his extended conversations with God concerning His ways and plans. While Habakkuk did not understand (or particularly like) what he heard from God, he acknowledged the fact that His ways are best. He trusted the Lord for the future of Israel and for his own life. Regardless of the circumstances, the prophet knew that the Lord was at work and would bring good out of what seemed to be horrendous circumstances. That is God’s promise to us. He is always at work in our lives to bring good out of the darkest situations. (Romans 8:28)

When the outlook looks grim, Christ is your strength. When the circumstances seem volatile, Christ is your stability. When the future appears foreboding, Christ remains your hope. The strength of Christ is both inexhaustible and immeasurable – and it is yours to receive.

God delights in upholding the weary and reviving the fainthearted (Is 40:29-31). Your reservoir of emotional and physical energy may feel almost drained, but God’s supply of spiritual stamina never runs dry. Come to Him and His Word for the strength to carry on, and He will supply the power you need to traverse the rough terrain ahead. That’s His promise, and God always keeps His promises.

 

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Content in this article taken from the Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Bible, 2nd Edition, New King James Version. The Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Bible, with over a million sold to date, is designed to lead believers into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ, and to help them experience the Good News about God’s mighty kindness and love. The updated second edition is the best way to experience this bestselling classic—with a completely new design featuring Thomas Nelson’s NKJV easy-to-read Comfort Print typeface, 100 specially designed maps and charts that bring biblical places and themes to life, and over 43,000 cross-references to enrich your study of the Word.

 

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