Depression and hopelessness has swept across our nation. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of those who suffer with depression has tripled.

It saddens me to see that many who are facing a lack of hope are born-again believers – the Body of Christ. It’s even more alarming that it happened in just a few short months.

Some Christians who have walked with God for decades are afraid of what the future holds. Why?

Because we are daily inundated with negative news which has superseded the Word of God. We must remember we are not the only ones who have faced bleak times.

At times like these, I think about Daniel in the lion’s den and Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace. How bleak did their future appear? Not only their future, but they faced a terrible end, ripped apart by a lion or torched by fire. Neither aspect looked pleasant, did it?
Yet God said…

For I know the plans I have for you, plans for a continual hope and a good future (Jer 29:11).

There have been many times in 2020 that I have had to remind myself of His truth. The truth that God was not and is not surprised by any of this.

The truth that what God said at the beginning of this year is still true as the year comes to an end. What He prophesied through His seasoned prophets remains His plan.

He is the God of the impossible. He is the God who delivers. Not one word He has ever spoken has failed to come to pass. These are the things many of us have had to remind ourselves of this year.

In times like these we need to study the pages of God’s Word to find encouragement, rather than focus on the news which has planted doubt and fear.

God never ever, not one time, lost a battle.

There was never a time in history that God made a declaration that did not come to pass.

Not. One. Time.

Will this time be any different? No, it will not. If He has said it, He will bring it to pass.

Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; You established the earth, and it abides (Ps 119:89-90).

If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself (2 Tm 2:13).

God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? (Num 23:19)

So, what do we do in the meantime? Having done all, we stand firm on His Word, He will keep us in perfect, undisturbed peace…when OUR MIND IS STAYED UPON HIM.

He cannot keep us in peace if our focus is not on Him. We cannot focus on NBC, CBS, Fox News, or OANN and stay in peace – it is not possible.

However, we can focus on God’s Word and remain undisturbed.

We are surely at a crossroads in our country. Time, it would appear, is running out for a turnaround. But things are not always as they appear.

Will you still believe?

It also appeared time had run out for Daniel as he boldly walked into the lion’s den. But that wasn’t the end of the story.

It appeared time had run out for the three Hebrew boys as they faced a fiery furnace. That wasn’t the end of their story either. There was a fourth man in the fire that day. That same man is with us today.

Our God has made us promises in His infallible Word. He said, “If we humble ourselves and pray and seek His face, He will heal our land.” We have done that personally, and as a nation.

Make no mistake about it. He will keep His Word. He will do His part. He will heal our land. It isn’t over until He declares, “It is finished.” Will you believe?

(originally published on Ifapray.org)

Meditate on this:
Jesus said to him, because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed. John 20:29