When life seems hopeless, have hope | Faith | The Press and Standard

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ometimes as we travel through this journey called life, it seems hopeless to some. However, that is not the plan of life that God has for us. There are numerous verses of Scripture that speak of a life of hope, but faith must be put into action in order to know that hope is there.

Jeremiah 29:11 declares, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the LORD.” “‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope’” (NLT). “God is a God of hope.” This is confirmed in Romans 15:13 (ESV): “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

Some of us tend to lose hope because we hang around people who are negative. Remember that misery loves company. They have given up on life, so they want others to do the same.

In order to maintain hope in our lives, we must gravitate toward those who have a positive outlook on life. If you wake up and say, “I’m going to have a bad day,” then that is probably what is going to happen because you have already claimed it. On the other hand, if you wake up and say, “I’m going to have a great day, no matter what comes my way, because my hope is in God,” then that is what is going to happen for you. “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he,” says Proverbs 23:7.

Situations that occur that can make life seem hopeless are those such as a patient’s receiving a diagnosis of cancer in its fourth stage, parents witnessing a judge’s sentence of life in prison without parole for their child, children at a young age losing a parent, parents losing their only child in a war, someone in a nursing home whose children have forgotten his or her very existence, a family losing a home with nowhere to turn, and so on.

All of these situations seem very bleak, but they don’t have to remain that way. “This too shall pass.” Prayer is the key, but only a strong faith in God will unlock the door. In your situation, when it seems as if there is no hope, no end, remember how Jesus suffered an agonizing death on the cross, but He overcame death and said in Matthew 28:18, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” What a triumphant victory of hope for all mankind in spite of the Savior’s suffering!

If you are ever faced with a situation that makes you feel as if all hope is lost, think of my example of the meaning of the letters in the word that God gave to me:

H-Healing: When your heart aches, hope can be a healer. It is a big step toward healing the hurt and pain. As long as you have life, you have hope and can be healed. There is nothing too hard for God. Aren’t you glad about it?

O-Optimism: Hope allows you to think optimistically. The optimist sees “the glass half full, but the pessimist sees the glass half empty.” Don’t let negative thoughts infiltrate your existence. They can eat at you like a cancer if you allow it.

P-Prayer: If you are going to worry, don’t pray. If you are going to pray, there is no reason to worry. Prayer gives you a reason to hope because you can communicate your desires to God, but remember to listen to what He has to say. Prayer is two-way communication. You cannot do all the talking, and leave no room for God to answer. If you feel that you don’t know the words to say, just sincerely utter, “Lord, have mercy,” and He will take it from there. Trust that He is going to deliver right on time!

E-Energy: Hope gives you the energy to go on and fight to the end. There will be days that will seem that you are down to your lowest point. Push yourself to find the energy to keep fighting, keep pushing, keep praying, keep believing, and keep the faith.

DON’T LET THE DEVIL WIN! HE DOESN’T DESERVE YOUR ATTENTION, BUT GOD DOES. Glory be to God on high!

Have a wonderfully blessed week, and never leave home without Him!

(Anna Bright is a minister and educator in Walterboro. She can be reached at abrightcolumn@lowcountry.com)

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