Why am I despairing, Lord, if I find my hope in You?

“Yet this I call to mind
    and therefore I have hope:

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
    great is Your faithfulness.” ~ Lamentations 3:21-23, NIV

“Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise Him,
    my Savior and my God.” ~ Psalm 42:5, NIV

“I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,
    and He turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
    out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground
    and steadied me as I walked along.” ~ Psalm 40:1-2, NLT

Why Am I Despairing, Lord?

Lord, You are Wonderful, Counselor, Almighty God, the Everlasting Father, and my Prince of Peace. You are my everything. So why am I despairing if I find my hope in You? This battle …

This battle between flesh and spirit is hard. I stand firm on Your promises, I know Your Word is true, but when I allow my mind to wander and my focus to settle on the difficult places … well, despair slinks in.

Why am I despairing, Lord, if my hope is in You?

I begin to worry and fret over things beyond my control. I entertain thoughts that are certainly not of You.

Forgive me, Lord. Bring my thoughts captive to You where they belong. Why am I despairing? I have no business placing my burdens in such precarious places. You are my Burden-Bearer. I have no need to despair.

When I have a need, my spirit has confident expectations based on solid certainty that You have heard the cry of my heart and are responding. I have no reason to doubt this. It’s my flesh that gets in the way.

I Find My Hope in God

My flesh overthinks everything.

My flesh doesn’t resist the enemy.

My flesh ponders and imagines the worse.

I want my flesh to yield to Your Spirit, Lord — to Your authority. To rest there. To find and keep my peace there in the knowledge of who You are.

You are my sure place. When my flesh grows weak in the battle will You strengthen my spirit to rise up and stand firm? Will You bring my thoughts captive to You where they belong?

why am I despairing, Lord, if I find my hope in You?

My hope is in You, both now and forever. You have never failed me and You never will. Your steadfast, covenant love sustains me and meets my every need.

I have no need to despair.

I have no need to worry.

Let Hope Arise in My Soul

I trust in You, Lord. You are my God, and I am Your child. Hide me beneath the shadow of Your wings until these calamities pass me by, and I will be secure.

Let hope arise in my soul. Bless You, Lord.

In Jesus’ Name, I pray,

Amen — let it be so


Please don’t carry your burdens alone. I would be honored to pray for you. You may contact me directly at nan@nanjones.com


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Sweet blessings to you,