To believe when all means fail is exceedingly pleasing to God and most acceptable. Jesus said to Thomas, “Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29, NKJV). Those who believe when there is no evidence of an answer to prayer are blessed! We are favored of God when we trust beyond hope when every possibility has been exhausted.
We’ve all been in that place of hopelessness, the end of hope with no rescue. The miracle prayed for is not happening. It might be a devastating health diagnosis, the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship or perhaps financial ruin. The valley of no hope is a cold, dark, awful place.
This is when Satan’s hordes come to attack your mind with fear, anger and overwhelming questions like “Where is your God now? You prayed until you had no tears left. You fasted. You stood on promises. You trusted.” Blasphemous thoughts will be injected into your mind. “Prayer failed. Faith failed. Do not trust God anymore. It doesn’t pay!”
Even questioning God’s existence will creep in. These have been the devices of Satan for centuries. Some of the godliest men and women who ever lived were under such demonic attacks.
To those going through the valley of the shadow of death, hear this word: Weeping will last through some long, dark nights; and in that darkness you will soon hear the Father whisper, “I am with you. I cannot tell you why right now, but one day it will all make sense. You will see it was all part of my plan. It was no accident. It was no failure on your part. Hold fast. Let me embrace you in your hour of pain.”
Beloved, God has never failed to act but in goodness and love. When all means fail, his love prevails. There is no other hope in this world.