Faithfulness in the Midst of Adversity

In the wake of terrorist attacks in Baghdad and Istanbul, the night club shooting in Orlando, and the mass shooting of a historical black church in South Carolina, some believers are facing an incessant uncertainty regarding their faith. Many questioned, “How can the God of creation allow such tragedy in the world?” Along my journey in life, I have asked this question many times.

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In the midst of my darkest hour, the dead silence of unanswered prayers can cause one to forget the very essence of God and his words of comfort found in the bible. While living in Denver, Colorado, I remember gazing out of the bedroom window of my downtown high rise to take in the most breathtaking, picturesque mountain view. On any other day, this view yielded inspiration… but on this particular day I found myself angry with the Creator because I was in such excruciating pain due to my debilitating hip.  I was mentally and physically trapped in a body that was unable to physically handle menial task such as walking short distances to the kitchen or living room. Here I was, a young, vibrant woman in her prime and I was limping. The wear and tear of my joints had reached its endpoint and I found myself exhausted. Meditation didn’t work nor did positive affirmations take me out of my stupor. I continuously wondered where was God and why did I have to undergo hip replacement surgery at the tender age of 38. In that moment, I felt completely and utterly hopeless. It’s really easy to serve God wholeheartedly and to follow his plan for your life when everything is perfect… but to serve him, without hesitation, during the pinnacle of hardship can be a challenge. All the countless hours of bible studies, church sermons, and devotions could not remove the sting of helplessness.

As hours passed and the sunlight transitioned into the beautiful moonlit sky, I became awestruck by the meticulously placed stars along the night’s sky. Soon, I found myself reflecting on the creations of God. Psalms 147:4 (NIV) quickly flashed across my cerebrum which states “He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.” I was blown away because if God knows each star by name, He definitely knows every affliction I was going through. I was no longer engulfed in my problems, but focused on the problem solver.

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As believers, we are not exempt from tragedy and adversity. We are saddened when lives are lost due to senseless terrorist attacks but we can place our hope in God because we know He is our anchor. His word tells us in Psalms 56:8 (NLT) that “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.” We can rest assured He is concerned about our daily lives and knows our inner most struggles. Loneliness and hopelessness must cease in the presence of the all mighty. Just remember, “When in doubt, Reach out!” Reach out to the most high. He is waiting.

Seven Scriptures to Combat Hopelessness

  1. He will wipe away all tears from their eyes. There will be no more death, no more grief or crying or pain. The old things have disappeared.– Revelation 21:4
  1. Why am I so sad? Why am I so troubled? I will put my hope in God, and once again I will praise him, my savior and my God.– Psalm 43:5
  1. Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.– Matthew 11:28
  1. “My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak.” I am most happy, then, to be proud of my weaknesses, in order to feel the protection of Christ’s power over me.– 2 Corinthians 12:9
  1. I prayed to theLord, and he answered me; he freed me from all my fears. The oppressed look to him and are glad; they will never be disappointed. – Psalm 34:4-5
  1. But those who trust in the Lord for help will find their strength renewed. They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not get weary; they will walk and not grow weak.– Isaiah 40:31
  1. Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times. –Romans 12:12

Reference: 
(n.d.). Retrieved from http://news.americanbible.org/blog/entry/bible-blog/7-bible-verses-for-when-life-seems-hopeless

Kendra Bell

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