Charles M. Schultz was a brilliant cartoonist in his lifetime. In one Peanuts cartoon, he portrayed Lucy encouraging Charlie Brown, “Look at it this way, these are bitter days. These are days of hardships and struggles.”

“But if you just hold your head up high and keep on fighting, you’ll triumph!”

Charlie Brown caught a glimmer of hope and asked, “Do you really think so, Lucy?”

As Lucy walked away, she replied, “Frankly, no!”

Bob Vincent said, “When life caves in, you do not need reasons; you need comfort. You do not need answers; you need Someone, and Jesus Christ does not come with an explanation; He comes with His presence.” Whenever I get down and discouraged, the God of Hope brings me back up. My hope in Him connects me to my future deliverance and gives me joy and peace. This is a hope the world can’t offer.

What’s going on in your life right now? Maybe a close relative has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, your son or daughter was recently killed in the line of duty, or the enemy is bombarding your mind with thoughts of your past failures. The God of Hope is with you. Keep your head up, and you’ll triumph.

We must not confide in the armor of God, but in the God of this armor, because all our weapons are only “mighty through God.” — William Gurnall

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder