Hopelessness is worse than a dark cloud of depression you may experience for a season. Hopelessness is when we have all but given up on an outcome we so desperately desired. It’s like death before the death and in reality it can be just that to our dreams.
Hope is critical to our spiritual lives. It is what motivates us to get up in the morning to face another day with anticipation of promises fulfilled by the LORD Himself. The enemy of our souls knows this and actively wars against us having hope. His desire is to bring us to a place of hopelessness.
One translation says faith is the substance of things hoped for. That tells us that faith doesn’t come first, but rather hope. Without hope there can be no faith and without faith we cannot please God for He is a rewarder of faith. Cc. Hebrews 11
The problem comes during the testing/waiting time of fulfillment. As the Bible says hope differed makes the heart sick. A sick heart equals to a weakened spirit within us. It is during theses times that we must as Abraham, hope against hope. Twenty five years is a long time to wait on a promised child to come to pass. Especially when the womb has been barren for a lifetime and is now nearing 90 years of age.
When Abraham’s hope became weak, he still hoped in the God of the promise, the God who declares himself to be the God of hope.
Romans 15:13 (NASB95) 13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
It’s in our darkest hours that this God of Hope seems to impart the greatest hope to us if we will receive it. One of the most well-known passages of scripture in the Old Testament was made not when Israel was doing well, but rather going into dark days of judgment. It was during these dark days the Lord said…
Jeremiah 29:11 (NASB95) 11 ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
For 70 years Israel was nothing more than a prisoner of hope. Their circumstances had them hemmed in. If not for God their bondage in a foreign nation would have been permanent until they as a nation no longer existed. Without God Sarah’s womb would have been barren until death.
However God never leaves us hopeless in our situation. He is the God of hope and He instills hope in us…that is why you keep hoping even when your flesh doesn’t want to any longer. What God imparts never dies and that is why you may never completely give up, only keep positioning yourself in hope that our promise will soon come to pass.
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