His Hand is Always There for You

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By Dr. Larry Ollison

Like most people reading this book, I have encountered trials and tragedies in my life. But trials and tragedies are not the same thing. A trial is something that you can move through, and with grace and faith you can develop a powerful testimony. A financial problem or a sickness are examples of trials that many people face.

However, a tragedy is different. A tragedy can catch you off guard with great devastation. Betrayal or the sudden death of a family member that is either accidental or self-inflicted are examples of a tragedy. While going through a trial, it seems that hope for deliverance is possible, but when tragedy strikes, it feels final. Any hope of restoration seems impossible. It seems like you find yourself in a place where there is no possibility of return to normalcy. Like a computer that has had its memory erased and its components destroyed, the only solution is to throw it away and purchase a new one. But in life, that can’t be done. When everything is destroyed by a tragedy in life, it appears like hope itself is but an unrealistic dream.

But I have good news! Whether it’s a trial or a tragedy, God can restore your life so that you can walk in victory and be a testimony to the love and power of God.

“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:5).

Throughout my life I have known several family members, friends, and business associates who have taken their own lives. I have ministered to dozens of families who have had a family member that committed suicide. When you look at all of these tragedies, there is a common denominator that becomes evident. What motivated each of them to take such a drastic action? In each and every case the common denominator is that for a moment of time they lost all hope. Maybe they didn’t lose hope for a long period of time, because it only takes a few moments of being hopeless to get to a place where you can’t turn back.

When Jesus was walking on the water, He called Peter to come to Him. Peter got out of the boat and started walking on the water toward Jesus. As long as he was looking at Jesus, he walked on the water. But when Peter looked around at the severity of the storm, he began to sink. Jesus reached out, took him by the hand, and saved him (Matthew 14:25-32).

When you feel like you’ve reached the end of your rope, or feel like you’re on the edge of a cliff about to fall, or even feel like you are drowning in hopelessness, put your eyes on Jesus. Stretch out your hand to Him, and He will rescue you (Psalm 50:15). No matter how desperate you feel, no matter how far you have sunk, no matter how hopeless it seems, His hand is always there waiting for you to reach out and take it!

For those who have taken their lives or experienced a tragedy that ended their life, they have completed their journey on earth and are now awaiting the resurrection. But for you who remain, their departure does not have to destroy your life. There is hope and there is victory for you. Don’t give up. You will be set free from the bondage of guilt and pain if you do not lose heart.

“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day” (2 Corinthians 4:16) (NLT).

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