Inspiration Teaching Words of Life

Feeling Trapped in Despair?


God gave his chosen prophet Jeremiah the mission of proclaiming his truth to Israel in order to restore their broken relationship, and bring them back to God. God’s plans and thoughts for Jeremiah were for his good, not evil, and included plans to bring him welfare and peace. But when Jeremiah gave God’s message to Israel, he was rejected, ill-treated, and abused. During the longevity of Jeremiah’s suffering, he lost hope that things would ever change. He moved towards despair and a distrust of God’s faithfulness to fulfill His promise to bless the prophet.

Sometimes, like Jeremiah, we feel trapped by our circumstances, with no way out.  These negative feelings attach to our thoughts and create self- defeating beliefs in our lives. Beliefs where we stumble into self-pity and think; life is too hard- it won’t ever get any better-I can’t do this anymore-this is all too much-it feels like God doesn’t care and has left me to struggle alone. Our stubbornness and pride may subtlety whisper that we know better than God what is needed- creating frustration and dis-trust in our Heavenly Father. These types of negative beliefs will push us into a state of anguish that will imprison our spirits with depressing results. But the truth is the Lord cares for us, and will always hear our cries! God told Jeremiah that his attitude and false beliefs were taking him in the wrong direction, away from the good things God had ultimately planned for his life. He told Jeremiah he must turn away from pessimism, cynicism, and negativity and return to God’s truth, where he would find a place of settled quiet and safety.

When Jeremiah was able to hear and listen to God’s proclamation of positive promise – He was able to turn away from the dark, slippery slope of walking in a negative funk of hopelessness, depression and self-pity. When Jeremiah turned towards the light and truth that God spoke to him, he was able to realize God wanted him to experience walking in God’s faithfulness, mercy, grace, and love.

When we find ourselves feeling trapped in despair, God understands our human struggles and wants us to know the truth about His unconditional love….we don’t need to distrust Him. He has promised to help, support, and see us through the difficult, never leave us and work all things together for our good! As we begin to shake off the negative feelings and thoughts onto Jesus our Savior, and put our hope and trust in the Lord again, His grace will give us the power to let go of our mistaken tone of distrust and despair. Then, the Holy Spirit will fill us, give us courage, and give our heart a settled place of quiet and safety. We can count on the Lord to lead us step-by-step out of despair, and into a positive place of peace and hope, as He fulfills the good plans and purposes He has for our lives.

“Why is my pain perpetual and my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will you indeed be to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail and are uncertain? Therefore thus says the Lord [to Jeremiah]: ‘If you return [and give up this mistaken tone of distrust and despair], then I will give you again a settled place of quiet and safety, and you will be My minister” (Jeremiah 15:18-19a).settled rest

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