Hopelessness brings despair to people. In a world that is filled with travail and problems, it is easy to give up on hope. This is not hope as a political slogan but the hope that is rooted in Christ Jesus. I ponder on why people do what they do. Why a good father suddenly become addicted to futile things. I have pondered on why a teenage would commit suicide. I have thought about why people make poor choices and do irrational things.
Hopelessness is a weapon of the devil. Hopelessness is a result of unresolved conflicts in our mind. It is a state in which nothing becomes impossible. It is a state where there seem to be no light at the end of tunnel. Hopelessness is reflection of a tired and depressed soul. Hopelessness is a result of battle of the mind. Hopelessness is shaped by our personal experiences and perception. It is a perspective of the glass being half empty but not half full.
Romans 4:18 states, “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” It imperative to understand how the scripture commends us that against all hope, Abraham hoped. The important counter against hopelessness is hope. Hope is an act of faith. Hebrews 11:1 states that “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Without faith, it is impossible to please God. Against all hope, we need to have hope. Hopelessness breeds more hopelessness. There are many hopeless people around us. They are alive but they have given up on life. They are breathing but they lack direction.
Another counter to hopelessness is vision. Vision gives us direction and a sense of purpose. The Lord made a promise to the Israelites to take them to the promise land. The promise land is the land of milk and honey. For that to be accomplished, the Israelites went through the desert and through the hills. Many people died along the way but there was a destination. We need to have a destination for our lives. When we find the why, there is always a way to survive through hardship. Hardship is part of life that we would all have to go through as individuals.
2 Corinthians; 4 is passage for the broken hearted and perplexed soul. Verse 8 – 12 states, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.” No matter how broken we might be, we are never too broken to be fixed. No matter how much we are in despair, there is a way. Life is full of crisis but our soul would never be in disarray. Hopeless people do hopeless things. Those who put their hope in the Lord, their strength are renewed.