The most tragic thing we could ever experience in life is feeling hopeless. When hope is gone and lost, everything else stops. Situations can go downhill and plunge to darkness, but it is hope, no matter how small, that pushes anyone to keep moving forward and to rise above the problems.
As long as there is hope, there is a sense of surviving and thriving. Like a tiny seed worn out but persisting to grow and bud under the heavy earth is a small hope within the heart. Once this hope dies, then there is nothing that would propel us to look forward to or to find meaning and drive to keep existing. Such power we gain with a tinge of hope in our spirit. Thus, hope in man is such a powerful and significant force for living.
Christians have great hope. Of course, in life we reach the point of feeling hopeless, but what is remarkable is the reviving hope that God’s Spirit continuously pours down on us everytime we call on God for help. Knowing God, His power, His faithfulness, and His great wisdom through His Word compels us to keep believing and to keep hoping in spite of the pain and difficulty we face during trials. So, Christians are not quitters in the face of adversities because of the hope we have in God through Jesus Christ.
“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that through perseverance and through encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”– Romans 15:4 (WEB)
“Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in Yahweh, his God…”– Psalms 146:5 (WEB)
Do not despair, hope in God. Get to know God. Read His Word. Obey Him. Nothing could truly teach us the ways of God but only through the study of His Word and obeying His will in every circumstance. Seeking God and fearing Him put us in a close friendship with God. The more we learn about God, the more we grow in our trust in Him. We understand His nature and His ways. Knowing and understanding who God really is through the Word of God and through personal walk with Him make us confident in life. When problems and trials come, we remain hopeful because we know who God is.
“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually ask me, ‘Where is your God?’ These things I remember, and pour out my soul within me, how I used to go with the crowd, and led them to God’s house, with the voice of joy and praise, a multitude keeping a holy day. Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God! For I shall still praise him for the saving help of his presence.”– Psalms 42:2-5 (WEB)
The psalmist must be facing a grave problem in his life that he describes his tears as his food day and night. When others must be taunting him for his plight and sarcastically questioning him where then God is in his life. We might be feeling the same way, why as Christians we experience horrible situations. Where is my God? Where is our God? God remains faithful and sovereign no matter what we feel and think. Bad situations and wickedness do not nullify His perfect love and power. The psalmist in this passage, no matter how great his despair was, still kept his faith in God. His hope rested in God because he knew that God would save him from the overwhelming crisis.
When we know God and understand who He is according to what His Word teaches us, we are confident that He shall save us. We do not stay in despair. We continue to hope in God.
When despair grows larger than faith, place your hope in God. God is trustworthy and dependable. Persist in hoping. Persevere in believing for He will save you.