Hope for desperate times
Hope is the belief or expectation that something wished for can or will happen. Oftentimes, we find ourselves wishing for several things in life; good grades, great job, successful career etc., but what happens when we are in a state of despair and there seems to be no possible solution to our problems? How do we hope in the face of hopelessness?
Every now and then, we feel the sting of despondency and we panic because nothing seems to go according to plan and the exact opposite of what we hoped for becomes our reality. We feel like the victim in a terrible horror story that is our lives. How do we keep our hope alive in times like these? A songwriter says,
“In times like these, you need a saviour
In times like these, you need an anchor
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the solid rock.”
As believers, our hope is found in Christ and trusting God as the storm rages and pinning all our hope on him is the answer. God has not promised us an easy passage through life but he has guaranteed us an expected end. In Matthew 28:20, the bible says God is with us always, even to the end of the world. We only have to realise his presence in our lives and lean in to him, He is our ever-present help in troubled times.
The reality is there is a difference between hoping for a fantastic result based on a positive situation analysis and expecting results regardless of a situation report. Abraham is a good example of someone who chose to hold fast to God’s word and promises despite his situation, he staggered not at God’s word.
Romans 4;17-21 “….even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were; Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be; And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb; He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.”
As believers, we are urged to rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. We have to trust that God is more than able to see us through whatever trials we are facing.
Rom 8;37 “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
As I look back and ponder on my life, I realise God really does make everything good in his time. There is no happy ending without a sad part, no victory song without the woes of war and no success story without the gory details of being trapped in life’s merry-go-round; even the remission of sins does not happen without bloodshed which is why Jesus died for our sins once and for all. Why not place our hope in God through times of hopelessness and desperation, why not cleave to him and lay every burden down at the foot of the cross?
“Though the fig tree does not bud, and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails, and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen, and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord. I will be joyful in God my Saviour” Habakkuk 3:17-18
In order to maintain our hope in God in desperate times, we have to
1. Press in to the healer: We have to take time to worship God always and believe he is able to heal our hearts and fulfil our heart desires. “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us”. Ephesians 3:20
2. Understand that what has been our sorrow would be our greatest strength. Isaiah 61:3
Without hope in God, circumstances weigh us down. Thus, when we feel let down and like God has forgotten our need, we should remember that he never sleeps or slumbers and he is working behind the scenes to lift us up. God’s word is infallible and trusting him above all is key. It takes us a step further than we hope we can attain.