What better hope than to know God is for us and not against us. What better hope than to know we are on His mind and in His heart.
Sometimes when we are walking a hard road, we can feel as though God is not with us. We can wonder if He is even aware of us and our life situation. But Isaiah assures us this is NOT the case...God IS aware of us and what we are dealing with.
14 "But Zion said, "The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me." 15 "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! 16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me."
This was God's response to the Israelites when they were experiencing great adversity and felt abandoned by God. God's response was so reassuring......not only is He aware of our pain and suffering, He has engraved us on the palms of His hands so that we are ever before His heart and mind.
You are not alone in what you are walking through. God promises you in Isaiah 43:2 that when you walk through the waters, you WILL NOT DROWN! And when you walk through the fire, you WILL NOT BE BURNED. Why? Because "I WILL BE WITH YOU" says the Lord!
I know it can be so hard at moments. Moments when you just don't know if you can go another minute in your present circumstance. But brother and sister....you can. He is with you. His is your strength. Lean into Him right now and let Him hold you up.
Let me end with one of my favorite verses and promise.....
" God is our refuge and strength, an ever- present help in trouble."