Updated: May 19
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Ro 15:13).
Have you heard statements like these:
* "Your mother's condition is grave!”
* "That dog will have to be put down!”
* "No one will hire you!”
* "God will never forgive you!"
They all describe situations that are hopeless.
But in the case of my Mom, God raised her up and gave her more years, the neglected German Shepherd was so aggressive, even the police didn't want him, but now he is loving to our family, the feeling that no one wanted me in spite of education and experience, has proven wrong, and the time I felt I was too bad of a sinner to be forgiven, was a lie!
What seems hopeless to you?
If God chooses to, He can change any situation! It isn't whether He can, but rather whether He will. Is all your hope in Jesus?
What should we do when facing a seemingly "hopeless" situation?
1. Admit you are helpless without Him and give yourself totally to Him (Mk. 10:27; Jn. 15:5)
2. Agree with Him about your sin and turn from it (1 Jn. 1:9; Is. 59:1-2)
3. Ask - Jesus prayed, “May this cup be taken from me…” (Mt. 26:39a)
4. Accept His will - "Yet not My will, but Yours be done” (Mt. 26:39b)
5. Adore Him - Worship and declare, whatever happens, He is good and worthy of praise (Ps. 119:68; Has. 3:17-18)!
The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The LORD is good to all; He has compassion on all He has made (Ps 145:8, 9).
Ultimately, where are you placing your hope?
If we place our faith and hope in the Lord, we will never be hopeless.
God offers us a "Living Hope" in Jesus!
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." (1 Peter 1:3).