Don’t Despair, Help Is On The Way!
We now live in days of great distress and anguish across the land. We hear of and see killings, maiming, suicides, kidnappings and many more deadly crimes being committed daily. The economy is nothing to write home about. Many do not see hope! Sadly, many sons of the Kingdom, in order to make ends meet, dabble into business schemes they shouldn’t. Many are in the process of losing their homes, means of livelihood, relationships and many more. Beloved, you may have done everything you can but it’s as if everything is slipping away from you. There are so many messages about why people should work hard in order to make it. You have worked, you are still working hard. But the results on ground tell a different story. Beloved if you are in this situation, don’t despair because help is on the way. What is happening to you, the pressures of life, is not strange. It is a gimmick of hell to pressurize as many to turn from the path of righteousness to the path of wickedness.
Paul by the Holy Spirit puts it more clearly when he said: “We are hedged in (pressed) on every side [troubled and oppressed in every way], but not cramped or crushed; we suffer embarrassments and are perplexed and unable to find a way out, but not drawn to despair; we are pursued (persecuted and hard driven) but not deserted [to stand alone]; we are struck down to the ground but never struck out or destroyed” (2Corinthians 4:8-9, AMP). No matter what the enemy threw at him and his team, there was a ‘but’, signifying ‘HELP’ which always comes to their rescue. Hannah, in 1Samuel 1 was in a similar situation. She was pressed, bullied, suffered embarrassments daily and unable to find a way out. All because she could not have a child! Now, the Bible did not tell us how long she was married, but we know she was the first wife. Since the second wife (Penninah) could have children, it meant something was wrong with Hannah! One could only imagine her pain and embarrassment when the husband brought in the second wife and she started having children! And the pain that must have pierced her heart when her husband, in trying to console her said: “’Hannah, why are you crying?’ her husband Elkanah asked. ‘Why won’t you eat? Why are you troubled? Am I not better to you than 10 sons?’” (1Samuel 1:8). Can you imagine how Hannah must have felt? Instead of lashing out at her husband, she arose after eating to go meet the One Person that can truly help her out of her dilemma.
The Bible tells us that it was God that kept her from conceiving: “Her rival would taunt her severely just to provoke her because the Lord had kept Hannah from conceiving” (1Samuel 1:6). Beloved, you have been complaining to family, friends, colleagues expecting them to help you. Getting angry at them because they are not helping in the way you had hoped! In fact, rather than help, you and your situation have become a talking point and a laughing stock to them. Understand this, oh child of God: “Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began” (Psalms 139:16). This means He has the answers to everything that you face because He made you, He planned your days, and thus, He has the blueprint of your life!
Hannah finally understood this and sought the face of the Lord, devoid of bitterness against anyone, but genuine anguish for her predicament. And the Lord answered! Therefore, don’t despair or lose heart, rather take action: “Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before Him. God is our refuge (Psalms 62:8). Beloved, go to Him, devoid of anger, bitterness and pour your pain out to Him. He is with you and He will not only hear, He will answer: “God has spoken once, twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God. Also to You, O Lord, belongs mercy; for You render to each one according to his work” (Psalms 62: 11-12). God bless you!