The Hope of the Resurrection: Bringing Life to What Feels Dead

March 19, 2024

Joanna Teigen

Last year, devastating wildfires swept across Canada, destroying a record-breaking 45-million acres of remote forestlands. Smoke from the massive blaze drifted hundreds of miles and caused poor air quality even as far away as our home here in Michigan.

It’s hard to describe the complete devastation these forest fires created. When the inferno finally subsided, heat smoldered underground for weeks while the surface revealed a charred wasteland.

Living in a broken world can wreak the same kind of devastation on our hearts. The ashes of burned-out dreams or hard goodbyes, the fire of unexpected loss, or countless other circumstances can sweep over our lives and leave us numb and burned-out, feeling dead inside.

External situations can seem hopeless as well: a marriage with little hope of restoration, a terminal illness, unemployment, a prodigal child. At such times we struggle to believe God is still there. Understandably, we feel tempted to give up.

Easter is a good time to invite God into these hopeless-feeling areas. We hear a lot about the resurrection story at this time of year, but for many of us, it may be so familiar we don’t really think about the idea that God’s resurrection power can work to restore the “dead” areas of our own lives.

God’s ways are mysterious. Sometimes the happy ending doesn’t transpire. However, God’s goodness and faithfulness will remain, and He has power to bring life and hope where everything feels dead.

Here are some thoughts to consider as you invite the Lord’s resurrection power into the hopeless areas of your life today:

#1: You are blessed and chosen.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.” – Ephesians 1:3-4

Whatever your situation, the truth of your unshakable salvation endures. So does your identity in Christ. Because you are a child of God, you are “blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” God is for you! God hasn’t abandoned you; he chose you “before the foundation of the world.” In Him, you have what you need.

#2: Jesus understands.

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” – Hebrews 4:14

When we struggle, often our tendency is to turn away from the Lord. Shame or doubt push us to retreat from the Father, feeling like we’re unworthy. However, Scripture assures us that we have access to the “throne of grace” through Jesus, who understands our weakness. Speak honestly to God about the situation you’re in. Bring your human emotions to the Lord instead of allowing doubt, sadness, anger or confusion to drive a wedge in-between you and God. Spending time in the Psalms can be a wonderful way to process your emotions in an honest, Scripture-soaked way. Know that you have a Savior who understands.

#3: God’s power is greater than any hopeless situation.

“…and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might, that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places.” – Ephesians 1:19-20 

Despite how it feels, God’s power is always at work. This is a profound mystery, yet in faith we can choose to believe in what we don’t see. The truth is, sometimes in a broken world the answers we so desperately want don’t happen. God’s power displayed may not mean a restored marriage or a healed cancer diagnosis. However, our infinitely creative and powerful Father has countless resources at His disposal to resurrect your situation in beautiful, redeeming ways, even if the original outcome is not what you were hoping for.

New life is possible.

As the forest fires in Canada subsided, nature’s recovery began. In the midst of the wasted ruin left behind by the flames, heat-seeking beetles began to feed on the charred wood. Woodpeckers arrived to feed on the beetles. Under the ground, hardy weeds put out tiny shoots. Above the surface, layers of ash served as fertilizer to nourish new growth as seedlings slowly inched back towards life.

Eventually, the desolate forest will thrive again. The ruin of the fires created an environment for new growth to replace the old.

In the same way, our most hopeless situations can be a birthing ground for new life, through the resurrection power at work in us through Jesus Christ. We can fully trust Him today!

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