What do you do when you’ve lost all hope?
What is your choice when you’ve done everything and all you hoped for is gone?
What do you do when all have betrayed you and you’re left alone, unwanted, unloved, forgotten?
The problem with the TV generation, the movie, Hollywood, Super Hero people who live their lives through the stories they see on a screen is they never know what to do. When real life happens and things don’t go as planned, when there is no reset button to push or magical potion to fix all the problems, those that have not lived real life will lay down. They will give up and let death take them.
Dylan Thomas said, “Do not go gently into that dark night.” His stanzas speaking of there being more to do, to live, to “rage against.”
And in the light of this promiscuous culture, the family decimated by media, divorce, infidelity, pornography, addiction and abuse, it can seem that our hope, the promises we stand on, are awfully, woefully thin.
God’s love is not absent. The power of the Holy Spirit has not waned. But our reliance, our grasp of who He is and who we are in Him, is pitifully weak.
“Do not go gently into that dark night.”
So, though at times my hope is lost, I will stay in His word. Though, at times, my faith is built on sinking sand, I will put on my helmet, my belt, my shoes, my breastplate, my shield and my sword.
And though I am bloody from every battle I’ve been through, I will rage against these giants and say, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty…This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of satan’s army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in America.”
And with my dying breath, I will let my children know, the children of my blood and of my spirit, that the living God reigned in me and I was His, will be His, forever.
Stand with me, by your prayers, your love, your worship, your sacrifice.