How to Find Hope When You Have None

November 29, 2018

How to Find Hope When You Have None

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews‬ ‭11:1‬

Hope - what does that word mean to you? For me, it’s a word I throw around, but not something I always understand or put into practice. Whether it’s a broken relationship, severe medical diagnosis or seemingly impossible deadline, it’s not out of character for me to think something like “This is just the way it is. The outcome is solidified and there’s nothing to be done.”

When the chips are down and the logic is set, so is my mind. I’m quick to jump to reason and slow to place my hope in the hands of the Lord. But hope is not a finished work. It is an ongoing, everyday task. Even when the human mind is limited by a beginning and end, hope has no finish line - it’s something the Bible instructs us to do continually. 

But how do we place our hope in God when we can’t seem to find any to begin with? We think on WHO God is, WHAT He’s done for us, and HOW He’s already holding the future. 

Take Lamentations for example. The book is filled with lines of despair, and you can almost feel the weight of the author’s words. But then something happens in chapter 3 verse 21 and everything shifts. What happens is hope.

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” (Verses 21-24).

When all hope is lost, God is still an anchor for our souls. Nothing is too far gone or too out of reach for His hand. He can still bring complete reconciliation, restoration, and renewal to any situation. Even in the direst or most desolate of circumstances, we can place our hope in Him because He is faithful! 

Challenge: If you’re lacking hope today, I encourage you to bring it to the feet of the Lord. Get in the Word (use today’s verses for reference), pray, and meditate on or journal about His character, remembering who He is, what He’s done for you in the past, and how He’ll be with you always. 

With so much love,
Jantzen



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