Despair and Disappointment

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After his arrest based on a false accusation from Potiphar’s wife, Joseph finds himself sinking into this pit and the darkness feels like it is pressing in. But Scripture tells us that the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. This is our hope. This is our solution. In the midst of our disappointment, in our hopelessness, in our suffering, in our despair, God always with us. This word “showed”, found in Genesis 39:21, in the Hebrew means to show or to hand something to someone. But it also has a connotation of spreading out or of pitching up a tent. God's not far off. He is right there in the pit with Joseph spreading over him, with his tent or his covering of faithful love. 

God with us in our loneliness. God with us at the funeral and at the grave site. God with us in the faltering marriage. God with us in the sleepless nights when we feel like there's no end in sight. Even we don't see or feel Him right now, we trust that he's with us. Even when you are crying out to him and you don't know if he hears you, or the pain has blinded you from being able to keep your eyes focused on him, he's with us.  

No matter how deep your despair is or how long the disappointment seems to last, there is not a single moment that God has or will leave you to deal with those feelings on your own. You are his beloved child, even though you may not feel him present or see how he is working, he is present for it all.

Reflection/Discussion Questions: What is a time in your life that you have felt God's presence in your despair? When have you felt that he was absent?

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  • Sharon Neville

    Sharon Neville

    In the moment when I was told my husband was, indeed, dead, I had a choice. God was with me as I bowed my head and asked Him how to see this.

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