Tag Archive | hopelessness

Psalm 112:7-8 ” He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foe.”

You will not be able to go through this world without receiving bad news…for loved ones die, accidents happen, and cancer rears its ugly head.  So it’s not if bad news will happen, but rather when it will hit us without warning.  It’s at that moment we have to make a conscious decision…who and what will I trust in.  Will I take this news that’s causing me pain and unhappiness and allow it to control every part of me…or will I stand firm in the confidence of knowing God is in complete control of the situation?  Leaning on the Lord is not a sign of weakness…relying on Him for strength and peace is not copping out from reality.  Bad news will affect us all…but if our trust is in the Lord, we have the certainty of His firm foundation of love and hope under-girding our shaking bodies.

Proverbs 24:14 ” Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.”

Wisdom speaks only truth to your soul.  It will guide you on the right path, and fill you with hope.  And with wisdom comes future hope … that can never be destroyed.

Psalm 119:116 “Sustain me according to Your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.”

You can’t have faith without hope…and hope without faith…they go hand and hand together.   When shattered human emotions come to the point of hopelessness, there’s nothing left but  disillusionment and a broken spirit. But if we have faith, we are lifted up and supported…encouraged and assured that God is there.   Isaiah 46:4 says, “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He Who will sustain you.  I have made you and I will carry you;  I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”   The Lord is always there to comfort the brokenhearted and grief-stricken.  For faith will give way to hope…and hope will usher in faith.

Ephesians 2:12 ” Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.”

The deepest abyss a human can know is to be without hope…and separated from God.  For the unbeliever, all hope ends at death…there is nothing else to cling to.  And fear manages to erode away at what little time they do have here on earth.  Without hope there is only dread and despair…without God there is only emptiness.

James 1: 2-4 ” Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

What exactly is perseverance, and how do we develop it through exercising our faith?  Perseverance is hope under pressure…its not allowing surrender or giving in to trials.  Perseverance is the purpose in which we reach the goal of spiritual maturity.

Psalm 90:8 ” You have set our iniquities before You, our secret sins in the light of Your presence.”

This morning I read a very interesting article in the paper about how dark secrets are impacting many Believers, and the lack of responsiveness from the Church. Many are burdened down with shame, guilt, and the feeling of hopelessness for sins and addictions they feel they cannot talk about, especially in Church. Instead, they allow the silence to bind them up, unable to break free of the secret sin that has them in its grip. But sadly, it’s also the lack of addressing real issues, that has the Church falling short. Jesus never skirted issues…He always called them for what they were. We may think our sin is “secret”…But God sees all, and now is the time to bring the light of His truth into the darkness.

II Coronicles 20:15 “…this is what the Lord says to you:’Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.’ “

We look at the insurmountable struggle in front of us with a sense of dread and hopelessness, knowing we’re not up to the battle. But the Lord is not asking us to do the fighting at all. He wants us to simply watch while He contends on our behalf. So, take your eyes off the battle, and put them on Him.