Life Issues
Hope When You're Hiding
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
May 24, 2018

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Maybe you have just heard a negative remark that someone said about you, and fear and insecurity is gripping your heart. Waves of panic sweep over you as you wonder what you will do. David would understand your plight.

No matter how deep your valley may seem, God's love for you is deeper.


 
On the run from Saul, a vicious and relentless ruler, he wrote these words:

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies. (Psalm 18:2-3)

David, the future king of Israel, was forced to leave his home and the ones he loved. Almost overnight, he became a hunted criminal, though he had done nothing wrong.

Now, he was the commander of a ragtag army made up of bandits, murderers, and social outcasts. Alone and hiding out in a cave of rejection, David wondered how life had turned out so differently from what he had planned.

Today, you also may feel like a cave dweller. Friends have betrayed you, peers scorn your name, and even family members have turned against you. At night, tears stain your pillow as you wonder if God will hear your cry.

God has given you a marvelous promise: If you will seek Him, you will find He is right beside you. No matter how deep your valley may seem, God's love for you is deeper.

He is your faithful Lord and Savior, your best friend, and your eternal source of hope and encouragement. Hang in there. Don't give up. God has a wondrous plan for your life.

Prayer: Lord, I cannot imagine life without You. Today, I turn to You in the midst of my fear. Show me the greatness of Your love, and be my sole encouragement. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 8:38-39).