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From Despair to Hope: Trusting in the Maker's Help

In our journey through life, we often face challenges and obstacles that seem insurmountable. In times of need, where do we turn for help? Do we rely on our own strength and capabilities, or do we seek the guidance and support of our Maker, who holds the universe in His hands?

The words of Psalm 121 remind us of the source of true help and strength. The psalmist lifts his eyes to the hills, pondering where his help comes from. He declares, "My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth." These words carry a profound truth: our ultimate help and sustenance originate from God Himself. The missionary in the trenches must daily lift his eyes to his Lord and King. It does us all well to forget not where our true help comes from.

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Divine Help in Every Aspect of Life

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are not left to navigate life's challenges alone. We are assured of God's constant presence and unfailing help in every situation. Unlike human assistance that may falter or be limited, God's help is perfect, timely, and unwavering.

As children of God, we are intimately connected to Him through Christ. We are His cherished possession, bought with the precious blood of Jesus. This reality underscores the depth of God's love and commitment to us, ensuring that His help is not a distant promise but a tangible reality in our lives. Before being saved, we were indeed without God and hope in this life. Now things are marvelously different!

Eph. 2: 12-13 — remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the people of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who previously were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Hope Amidst Despair

In a world filled with turmoil and uncertainty, especially these last 4 years, many are overwhelmed by despair and hopelessness. The chaos and darkness around us may seem daunting, but for those united with Christ, there is a beacon of hope that transcends all circumstances.

The assurance that our help comes from the Lord, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, instills within us a sense of peace and confidence. We are reminded that God's sovereign hand is at work, orchestrating all things for our good and His glory. In Him, we find a refuge amidst the storms of life, a shelter in times of trouble.

2 Cor. 4: 8-9 — we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed;


As you reflect on the truth of Psalm 121, may you be strengthened in your faith and encouraged to place your trust fully in God. Remember the words of Isaiah 41:10, "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

Let this verse be a reminder of God's ever-present help and unwavering support as you live your life for the glory and honor of Jesus Christ. May you find peace in His promises and courage in His presence as you walk in faith and obedience.

And for any fellow missionaries laboring in the trenches of Italy, a land long under the judgment of God for having tossed aside the true Gospel and replaced it with a man-centered gospel and now a secularist state, your role is indeed important for the sake of seeing Italy discipled and brought to true saving faith. Man your post. Don’t give up. Look daily to Him. Your labor in the Lord is not in vain!

Psalm 121: 1-2 — I will raise my eyes to the mountains; From where will my help come? 2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.


Written by Jesse Schreck | servant of the Lord, founder, director, and missionary church planter with Practical Missions Cohort

This post was based on this podcast episode clip featuring a Bible exhortation


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