“There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them.” – Clare Boothe Luce
Sometimes in life, things happen that make you feel hopeless. A bill comes due, but your bank account is in the negative. Or maybe you just don’t have enough energy to do everything you used to because your body no longer has much get up and go. We all have days when life seems hopeless. But how do we find the strength to keep going?
When we talk to those who are feeling overwhelmed or depressed, it is hard to always know what to say. “Hang in there” or “this too shall pass” are common to say during those times, but far too often, that is nowhere near enough. Some people just need to be listened to, while others want prayer. Unfortunately, there are those who feel like God is punishing them for something. It is easy and common for us to feel hopeless.
In Romans 5, when the early church faced impossible odds, Paul told them there is hope! He wrote, “…suffering produces patience, patience produces character, and character produces hope. And hope does not disappoint…” As God’s children, we are people of hope. Paul reminds us though that since we have hope, we must also have patience.
It is a fact that living in this world will bring us pain and suffering. But when these times come, we must draw ever closer to Jesus because our hope is in Him. Luckily, we don’t have to hit rock bottom before we can grab hold of the hope that Christ offers. Living with hope is to seize every precious moment of every day that God gives us, because the hope God gives us never disappoints!