Words of Hope for the One in Desperation

Corrie ten Boom and her family resisted the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands by hiding Jewish people in their home.

Unfortunately they were discovered and arrested.

Eventually Corrie and her sister Betsie were sent to the Ravensbruck concentration camp.

Ravensbruck was a work camp, where the prisoners were literally worked to death. 96,000 women died there.

It was a hell on earth.

Corrie wrote that in the midst of the suffering and despair, the only thing that kept her sane was the promises from the Bible. She learned that she had to focus completely on what she knew to be true about God in order not to become lost in the reality of her suffering. She sought the scriptures to help her remain anchored to Him. She found spiritual nourishment in the word of God when her physical body was starving.

It was in the midst of such suffering that Corrie ten Boom wrote these words:

“The greatest moment of your life can occur when everything seems finished for you. This is when you lay your weak hand in the strong hand of Jesus who can make life and death—present and future—victorious! He can give you eternal life that starts right now. A life that is filled with the understanding that He will never leave you. But first, you must believe. You must allow this truth to become your reality. When you are drowning in the terrific misery of the world, Jesus will be everything for you. When you think you have lost it all, you discover the riches of His Kingdom abiding within. You cannot be separated from His love even in the most horrific situations.


God desired to prove how special you are to Him by filling you with Himself. You never need to fear that He has left you when you believe you are His holy temple. He died for you, lives in you and loves you more than any human ever could. The very essence of who you are is found in Him. And in Him, you have all you need.”

If you are drowning in desperation, remember these precious words from our sister in Christ.

  • When you are weak, he is strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)
  • He will never leave you or forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)
  • Nothing can separate you from his love. (Romans 8:38-39)
Only by faith can you allow these truths to become your reality.
Dear sister, you are loved. You are not forsaken. When people fail you, Jesus never will.
I pray you will find a sure hope in him.

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