I weep because of these things; my eyes flow with tears. For there is no one in sight who can comfort me or encourage me. My children are desolated because an enemy has prevailed. Lamentations 1:16
Are you discouraged by the isolating feelings created from your failings? Jerusalem, overcome with guilt over sin, felt totally dejected and alone in her misery. It seems as if not only God, but anyone else who could provide relief for her soul, was out of reach. It is when we are at our lowest place of guilt, shame and embarrassment we most need the affirmation of others.
Even though we may be alone in our situation because we dare not share the story behind our guilt, shame and embarrassment, we can trust God for His promise of restoration; restoration from feeling less-than.
In our lowest moments it may be difficult to expect our restoration moments because we feel no real hope for the future. We assume that the enemy has won, and that we are finished. But just like in every scenario played out in scriptures for God’s people, we will be restored, one way or the other, and it may happen in a moment. Look for it!
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Award-winning author Gina Duke is a wife, mother and Director of Women’s Ministry at her local church. Gina is also a speaker with a B.S. in Organizational Leadership. She is able to bring a clear word for authentic Christian living. Through her book, “Organizing Your Prayer Closet: A New and Life-Changing Way to Pray” (Abingdon Press), she imparts 1 Peter 4:7 with the gift of structured prayer journaling. Gina also blogs and offers numerous videos and resources at GinaDuke.com. You may also follow her on Twitter and Instagram @TheGinaDuke.
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