Death of Hope for Our Nation? Not So Fast!
A growing weariness is seeping into the Body of Christ, even among the most passionate of intercessors, those who have stood firm in faith concerning God’s promises for our nation. For some who began this journey with immovable faith and hope, today that faith and hope seems to be dwindling rapidly. Who could blame them? Given the waves of unprecedented disappointments — from fraudulent elections, to extreme riots, to hurricanes that have devastated cities — the temptation to become disillusioned and to feel hopeless is all too real.
But hope never dies a natural death; it dies of betrayals, disappointments, losses, wounds.
It dies of weariness.
The people of this nation have lately endured a plethora of backstabbing and wounding. Consequently, many of those fighting hardest on the front lines have become worn out. Some have already lost hope — or are in the process of losing it.
Daniel 7:25 tells us the time is coming when the devil will work overtime to weary God’s people. One translation says he will oppress the people of God. I believe we are now seeing this very thing occur across our land. Many of my closest friends, people who are strong in God, are experiencing extreme weariness. How do we combat this? Is there, after all, any hope to hold on to?
Of course there is! Our hope must remain firmly anchored in God and His word, regardless of what we see, hear, and feel. However, we must also be keenly aware that hope begins to diminish when we fail to take time to replenish the source of our hope. As the Scripture says: Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God … (Psalm 42:5–6).
Several weeks ago, I began to experience this weariness that seems to be invading the souls of God’s people. I had endured many disappointments on a personal level. Beyond that, it appeared to me that things in our wonderful nation were getting continually worse. All these distresses were on my mind daily, and the weariness began to seep in. As I sought the Lord, He impressed upon me to set apart 30 days to spend with Him and in His word. Like many of you, I work daily, so I knew this wouldn’t be easy, but it was obviously necessary. Apart from work, I cut out everything else. I did not watch television or get on social media. I did not go out and eat with friends and family. If I wasn’t at work, I was either listening to preaching/teaching, praying, or reading my Bible.
Those few short weeks were life-changing to me. I am so thankful for that brief period of time. It brought great refreshing to my soul and my mind. My hope was restored, and my joy returned. Things that had previously stressed me no longer had that power. It was awesome.
As I returned to the busyness of daily routine, however, I did notice that the weariness was trying to creep back in. I remembered that the key to renewed hope is found in what I had received during those 30 days. I quickly took inventory of my daily life and again found time to immerse myself more in reading God’s word, listening to anointed teaching, and spending time in prayer, praise, and worship. I kept myself in peace by keeping my mind stayed upon Him. By means of my pursuing this simple act, that weariness has not returned, and a peace that passes understanding has continually saturated my life. It is so simple, and yet also an important reminder for many of us.
Though the enemy relentlessly attempts to weary God’s people, God has already given us the antidote for this poison: It is found in His word and in spending intimate time with Him; it comes through keeping our mind stayed upon God; it is the reward of listening to Him more than we do the world and its media.
Have the cares of this world wearied you today? If so, remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 11:28–30: Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne (AMPC).
My friend, our hope is not dead — it is alive and well, for us, our families, our cities, and our nation. This hope is anchored in God alone and cannot be moved. Let’s get our eyes back on Him and return to a place of peace, hope and joy!
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Kim Potter is a writer and the founder of A New Thing Ministries, which sends a daily teaching to thousands around the world. Her articles have appeared on The Elijah List, in Charisma, in Spirit Fuel, and on iBelieve.com. Kim’s message is one of hope — she speaks to the hearts of those who have grown discouraged or disappointed by the circumstances of life, to impart fresh hope to them. Her daily inspirational writings are available at https://anewthingministries.com. Photo Credit: Marc-Olivier Jodoin on Unsplash.
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