Just a thought that I’ve had today and thought I’d share it.
We have all felt hopeless or had a feeling of hopelessness at some point in our lives, whether we have been of faith or not. And not having any hope is so destructive. It can take away any remaining passion in an instant. Obviously, this isn’t good.
Think back for a moment where you have been truly hopeless and thought giving up is the best option. I can think of a few in the past 6 months. Try and think how you was feeling in that moment or period of time. Maybe you’re in a period of hopelessness.
Now you’ll know what I say next, it doesn’t last forever. Pain is temporary. Hopelessness is temporary. God is enduring and everlasting. Which kind of begs the question, can you have hope without God in your life?
Yes. You can.
Will that hope be everlasting, if it’s without God?
Because you see, having hope in something that isn’t Godly means you’ve got hope in something worldly. And as the Bible says “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son” – 1 John 5:11. Now I know this quote doesn’t directly say it, but just swap the word ‘life’ out for ‘hope’ and you get this:
“…God has given us eternal hope, and this hope is in his Son”. Can’t say fairer than that, right? It doesn’t say that God has given you eternal hope and that hope is in the world, the only hope you can truly hold on to; the only hope that is, in fact, everlasting, is the one that’s in Jesus.
Simply it’s put like this:
Pain is temporary. God is eternal. Hopelessness doesn’t last forever. God does.
Just look to him to restore your spirit and passion. He will. Just ask for hope and he’ll give it to you.
One final point I want to make, being in a season of hopelessness feels like your life is baron, like there’s nothing there, like maybe, it is a wilderness. Nothing around you but the heat, the pressure and the sand.
Here’s an analogy I though about today:
(Based on Matthew 4 – Jesus entering and being tested in the wilderness)
If you haven’t read the chapter, I’ll sum it up: Jesus entered the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights and was tempted by the devil time and time again, but in the end, our hero prevails as he does time and time again.
Think of the wilderness as your life. Grim, I know.
Jesus has entered your life and is fighting the devil on your behalf within you.
Now I don’t know about you but if I spent 40 days in the wilderness, I’d be tired, hungry, thirsty, bored, all of the above. It would feel like a damn long time. And not having any hope also feels like a damn long time.
See the parallels I’m drawing here, your life can be a wilderness, but the good news is that Jesus will enter your life and help you out.
Wilderness no more, Hope restored.