Hope and Hopeless
A hopeless situation doesn’t have a chance of survival. There is nothing more to do about it. It has no possibility of being resurrected, rectified or brought back into circulation. It is done.
To despair about a situation or your circumstances is not uncommon, especially if there is no apparent solution or outcome. Christians are not immune to desperate situations where losing hope is staring you in the face. It could be
- a financial predicament,
- relationship issues,
- physical struggles or
- negative thoughts or
- something else.
It doesn’t matter what the situation is, it could seem overpowering and impossible to overcome. There is no smooth sailing just because you are a Christian. No human is exempt from struggles, desperate situations, circumstances beyond your control; in other words, life happens to all of us.
When you are on the brink of a cliff or facing a solid wall, hopelessness wants to creep in and keep you company. The question is, “Is it possible to lose hope in your dreams, promises, or the situation when you have faith?”
Lose Hope with Faith
Your instinctive reply would probably be, “Yes, it is.” But is it?
Hebrews 11:1 disagrees.
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. (NLT)
The definition of faith is based on hope. It is to hope for the inevitable, the solution, the promise, the outcome that is still in the future. It hasn’t happened yet. Hope is for the future. You hope within the situation, not when it is solved. You don’t hope for a financial breakthrough after the breakthrough or for a spouse while you are on your honeymoon or for breakfast at lunch time. In other words, you hope for the unseen future.
Your faith is in God. You believe he will fulfill his promises. Faith in God is what gives you the confidence for the future, for the things that still need to happen. Faith gives you the confidence to hope that things will happen despite what you see, think and experience at this time.
In other words, if you have faith in God, you have hope for the future. You can stumble and even fall, but you will get up again because your faith will give you the hope for tomorrow.