When life hurts and dreams fade, nothing helps like hope.
Without hope, students get discouraged and drop out of school.
Without hope, athletic teams slump and keep losing.
Without hope, amateur authors will stop writing.
Without hope, addicts return to their habits, married couples decide to divorce, inventors, artists, entertainers, and entrepreneurs lose their creativity.
Without hope, strong Christians struggle to press on.
Hope is not merely a nice option that that helps us temporarily clear a hurdle. It is essential to our survival. It is something that is as important to us as water is to a fish, as vital as electricity is to a light bulb – hope is that basic to life. We cannot stay on the road to our anticipated dreams without it, at least not very far. Many have tried, but none successfully. Without that needed spark of hope, we are doomed to a dark, dismal existence.
But true hope is hard to come by for some. I’ll tell you why: Because it’s only found in God – and a lot of people aren’t looking there. There are some definite Hope-Killers seem to surround or dreams and ideas. But what amazes me is what the Bible has to say about it:
Fatigue – Vince Lombardi once said, “Fatigue will make cowards of us all.” But Jesus says, “Come to me you who are weary, and I will give you rest.” (Matt 11:28-20)
Frustration – Have you ever worked and worked, invested time and energy into something, and then stepped back and wondered if your efforts had any significance? Listen to Paul, “Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give youselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your work is not in vain.” (1 Cor 15:58)
Failure – Have you ever failed? Completely given up? Go have a chat with the guy that understands that God is a God of second chances (Jonah 3:1)
Fear – Living life concerned with all the threats and possibilities. Believe God’s promise, “So do not fear, for I am with you…” (Isaiah 41:10)