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Today’s Truth

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1 NET).

Friend to Friend

It’s was one of the worst days of my life. Tragedy struck our family in the worst way and I was emotionally paralyzed. That’s when my friend, Mary, stepped in to do what I couldn’t. She made a hotel reservation for me, called the necessary people, and said, “It’s going to be okay.”

“It’s going to be okay” is one of the most hope-filled sentiments I can offer to others, and that I can choose to believe for myself. The writer of Hebrews says: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1 NET). That’s where hope comes from.

Of course, for the Christian, there is the future hope of eternity with God. But there is also hope for the here and now. We have the assurance, the evidence of things not seen, that no matter what happens, God is still on his throne.

What is biblical hope? It is tethering what we know about God’s past faithfulness to the future. In defining faith as “being sure of what we hope for,” the writer of Hebrews gives us an insight into hope, but let’s chew on it a bit. Biblical hope is not a wish. A wish is something we want to have or to happen. “I wish I had a house.” “I wish I could go to Spain.” “I wish I had a smaller waist.” Maybe it will happen one day, maybe it won’t.

In contrast, biblical hope is a certainty that our ultimate future rests in God’s capable and loving hands. It is an assurance that the invisible God is faithful and has a good plan in my visible life.

Old Testament writers used several Hebrew words for hope. One is qawa, which means hope in the sense of trust, as when the prophet Jeremiah said to God, “Our hope is in you” (Jeremiah 14:22).  New Testament writers used the Greek word hupomeno for hope. It means to wait, to be patient, to endure, to persevere under misfortunes and trials to hold fast to one’s faith in Christ.

We get a picture of hope as these biblical words define it in the life of the apostle Paul. Paul encountered struggle after struggle, but he never lost hope that everything was going to be okay, and assured others of the same (2 Corinthians 4:8-10).

Here’s the thing though, unless I know someone has struggled through traumatic situations themselves, I don’t really believe them when they tell me, “It’s going to be okay.” My knee-jerk reaction is, “How do you know?” Unless they truly do understand, the words fall flat. When you aren’t ashamed to tell your darkest moments but freely reveal how God brought you through, you become believable. Hope becomes conceivable. Then you become a hope-giver.

Sometimes, it may take years to put back the pieces the wrecking ball of pain has caused. The atrocities we’ve endured may tempt us to believe that someone other than God is writing our stories. But God has the power to redeem what we consider unredeemable. To heal what we consider fatally wounded. To make our worst chapters our greatest victories. And then to fashion us into hope-givers who are believable, vulnerable, and beautiful when we tell another, “It’s going to be okay.”

When tragedy tears our hearts out, when untimely death cracks the foundation of our faith, when abuse mars all that is good, we mourn. We grieve the loss. But we mustn’t allow the story to stop there. I type these words with tears in my eyes because I have lived them. Hear me when I say, it’s going to be okay—you’re going to be okay. God has more to write.

Let’s Pray

God, I trust You. No matter what happens this side of heaven, I know it’s going to be okay because You have a purpose and a plan. I might not like the situation or understand the observation, but I trust You without reservation.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

What is one difficult situation that God has brought you through, that you can now share with someone else who is going through a similar struggle? We’d love to hear about it in the comment section.

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17 Responses to “It’s Going to Be Okay”

  1. Carola says:

    Pierdo la esperanza cuando mi esposo prefiere lo de afuera y no lo nuestro matrimonio , hijos, casa.mascotas. etc.es doloroso saber que El no está de nuestro lado.

    Esperó en vida de todo corazón y todo mi ser Dios quite ese comportamiento y forma de ser de mi esposo.que acabe porqué destruye el autoestima de toda su familia.

    Hay esperanza! todo estará bien.!
    Te agradezco Señor.

  2. Amy says:

    First I would just like to say that today’s devotion I felt was tailor-made for me, I never related so much to a devotion. I have been going through a lot these past years in different aspects of my life. It can be difficult to share and express myself to persons because I feel like they won’t understand or they may judge me. However, I now realize that God has a plan for me, and He’s one person that would never leave me nor forsake me. And that provides comfort and takes away my burdens. God has kept me alive in times where I could have died, in times where I could have been hungry, in times where I could have been just lost. I just want to thank God for everything he has done for me and I want to say lastly if you are going through something it may seem like the end of the world vibes but ‘Cast your burdens unto Jesus for he cares for you.’ and it’s going to be okay. 🙂

  3. Angela says:

    God has been so faithful to me. It is so hard to pick just one of those times. But when I was a teenager, I was physically assaulted by a boy I really liked. Long story short, God was able to help me forgive him and even pray for his salvation. I never want that to happen to anyone, but I am grateful that I have been able to use my experience to help others.

  4. Bernadette says:

    Thank you for reminding me of that promise.
    “It’s going to be okay.”

  5. Cindy says:

    When my mom was removed from life support, I struggled with how long it took for her to die. I started questioning my decision and was in utter despair. But, God’s faithfulness showed through with calls from girlfriends throughout the night who prayed with me and a nephew who showed up to support me at the brink of despair. My God is faithful and will remain with me always.

  6. Patricia says:

    My oldest daughter was killed by an ex boyfriend several years ago. If it hadn’t been for my reunion groups my church grapes and various godly friends I’m not sure I would have made it through but they encouraged me sent me gifts cards Bible verses and wefe always there to tell me it’s going to be OK – and you know what? It was; it still hurts And I still miss her but I know that she was God’s daughter and after loaning her to me for 45 years he decided to bring her home and he placed his people around me to help me realize that very thing

  7. Lori says:

    When I was 13 my parents and brother were killed in a plane crash, leaving 3 children behind. After alcohol abuse and several attempts of suicide, I handed my life to God. That was 46 years ago…. It will be okay… I am living proof 🙏❤️🙏

  8. PENNY says:

    When I returned to work after unexpectedly & unexplainably losing my dad, I’m old enough not to be but still am a “daddy’s girl”. My boss & owner of our company walked into my office & ask how I was doing. Of course I’m crying & all he said was “It’s going to be ok”. Those words resonated in my mind for weeks afterwards. He is a man of few words but those 5 words spoke volumes to me. I knew I would be ok but to hear someone actually say that to me was the most positive thing I had heard in a week at least.
    We never know what to say in times like this but we also never know how we can help someone with what we do say. I still have days that I struggle with that loss. Since I have also lost my mom. But I always know I will be ok. My faith has carried me through these last 4 years. That & friends like him will continue to do so. Thanks for sharing this particular devotion. Somedays I feel your devotions are meant just for me.
    XOXO

  9. Karen says:

    Thank you for the reminder of “hope” during life’s most difficult challenges. After my divorce (31 year marriage) almost 3 years ago, God’s love and these devotions helped me through the most difficult of times. But I never lost that hope of God’s loving arms and with much support from family and friends. Now, I can pay it forward with others going through similar challenges and show them that it’s going to be OK and keep them moving forward, one day at a time, sometimes one hour at a time!

  10. Diane says:

    I left a secure job and moved 3000 miles away from home to get married, got pregnant, bought a house, baby was premature, my Mom was diagnosed with cancer (3000 miles away) and I discovered new husband was verbally, emotionally abusive- all in just over a years time. Shortly thereafter, my Mom died, I was divorced and a single mom in a place I had no family or friends. The divorce/child custody was u.g.l.y. BUT with faith, and giving the court nothing but honesty and truth, I got FULL custody, the judge saw right through my ex and ruled accordingly. My son was a baby then and he just turned a happy and healthy 18! All you single moms out there…it won’t be easy, but without Jesus, it’ll be impossible. Lean on Him. He WILL get you through this. Have faith. It’ll all be okay.

  11. Carol says:

    About 15 years ago I found out that my father was having secret Gay relationships I also found out that he was going to take my mothers money and leave her. My brothers and sisters and I had to move my mom out of her condo and confront my father. He was unrepentant My father was emotionally abusive to my mother all through their marriage. This upheaval riipped me apart. My father, on his deathbed finally admitted that he was gay. It was such a difficult situation I can’t even go into all the details but through prayer and gods help I got through it as a stronger and more faithful follower of Jesus. God showed me what true unasked for forgiveness meant. He got me though this difficult time stronger and a better person Thanks be to god!!

  12. Martha says:

    Today at church I met a friend who was crying and telling me how she has being going thru depression for the past 8 months. I shared with her that I too have suffered depression and can tell her with assurance that it is going to be ok. I prayed with her and told her that I will continue to pray for her and am certain soon she will be able to tell someone else that it is going to be ok. I give God all the praise & glory for being so faithful!!!

  13. MELISSA says:

    What a beautiful devotional today…..well everyday they are so good! I have to share about one of the hardest chapters in my life. I was diagnosed with chronic Lyme Disease in Nov 2020. I have been going through an herbal treatment for it and it has been the most painful and excrutiating thing I’ve ever been through; and I delivered 4 babies. I had to adjust many things and have finally found relief from the many symptoms. I am not 100% yet, but I feel my body getting stronger and stronger everyday. I have never leaned on the Lord so hard. He is faithful! He always has been and He always will be. I am willing for the Lord to use me and what I’ve been through to help others to have hope and healing.

  14. Sue says:

    For all these precious women, your stories have so touched me and have resonated with things in my life, the lives of my sisters, nieces and daughter. God is good, always,and in His hands, everything really will be ok! God bless you all.

  15. Bernadette says:

    A God-ordained devotional; thank you Sharon. Having survived CSA at the hand of my father (and forgiven) and a host of other atrocities he committed against every member of my immediate family, I am now grappling with how to care for this same father and his dementia and watching the pain and toil of a mother who have lived with all of it. The pain and responsibility as the only child willing to still engage with him is, at times, unbearable. But, “it’s going to be okay”. I find myself repeating Dori’s statement, “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming”, but changing it a bit to “just keep PRAYING, just keep PRAYING”!

  16. Kathy says:

    Such inspiring stories! Thanks for today’s message and I hope to be able to use my life as a support to someone, as a way to let someone else know it will be okay.

  17. Melanie says:

    When our son committed suicide, it was the worst tragedy my husband and I had faced. Our faith and worship in the time of pain got us through. God blessed us with an outpouring of love and kindness in our community. Since that time, I have had been the one to pray for and say to moms who have love a child, “It won’t be easy, but God is good and you will make it through as we did.” Last night I spoke to yet another grieving mom and had the opportunity to pray for her family.

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