What to Remember When All Hope Seems Lost

by: Woody Godbey

I love reading Revelations 11, that tells about the two witnesses during the Tribulation period. They are preaching Jesus and the lost world hates their guts. The Bible tells us that after they are finished with their calling God allows them to be killed by the government and the whole world rejoices over their death. Their bodies lie in the street for 3 1/2 day’s while the whole world looks at them in person and television.

I’m sure all of us can relate to times of failure or defeat. Those times when we feel our lives are spinning out of control, we may find it hard and difficult to trust in the God who says He’s a God of power and love. Sometimes the weight of our pain and disappointment can blind us to the lies of the enemy. Instead of leaning toward God, we turn away from God. We place blame on God and are even tempted to walk away from our faith. How can we trust and know that God is in control of our lives, especially when we are weighted with a sense of failure and defeat? Throughout my years in ministry, I have witnessed Christians who were sold out to the Lord let an overwhelming circumstance or trial rob them of faith and victory. Also, I’ve had people who had sin in their lives and they just didn’t feel worthy, so they gave up and quit. We all struggle with sin and we will never be worthy of heaven and God’s blessings, but His marvelous grace is sufficient to make us worthy in His eyes.

Back to their story in Revelation 11 where God sends two witnesses who make an enormous impact on the world. The witnesses I introduced in the above paragraph are given power to do mighty works and are committed to telling people about Jesus. Despite their dedication and devotion, they are beaten and left for dead. What went wrong? Absolutely nothing! The Bible says that the bodies of the two witnesses lie dead in the street for 3 1/2 days, but when all hope seemed lost, “they stood upon their feet.” All the world-wide rejoicing turned into fear! I don’t want to be in the Tribulation, but wouldn’t it be something to see the faces of the world when the two witnesses stand up after being dead for 3 1/2 days?

Listen folks, God is in control. He already knows the outcome, and, throughout the book of Revelation, He tells John what is going to happen each step of the way. In the same way, we can know today that we also will win. As believers in Christ, we may not fully understand the reason why we go through what we do, but we can be sure that we will always overcome! 1 John 5:4 says, “for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” When the trial you’re going through seem unbearable, remember, you are an overcomer in Christ! If God be for you, who can be against you? God Bless!