Saturday, 22 March 2014

When Hope is totally lost

People often face despair. Some more than others, and for longer periods than others. Periods when darkness haunts our lives for days on end.

Sometimes, people suffering with incurable disease and constant pain decide they can take it no more and choose to end their lives. Others, in what they perceive to be totally unsolvable situations in total despair decide to commit suicide.

We are told that to end one's life, whatever the circumstances, is wrong. We should understand however that no one chooses to end their lives in a cool and calculated state of mind. It is fair to say that such actions are, to some extent at least, motivated by loss of hope, and the inability to see things getting better.

That’s what I wish to address today. Loss of hope. One of the most tragic and damaging experience that can befall any of us.

Whatever our circumstances may be, if we lose hope, if we cannot see the prospect of our current condition changing for the better, we are in danger of shutting down completely and accepting the inevitable outcome.

We live in difficult times. Financial crises are affecting many people. Millions are losing their jobs, their homes and their livelihood.

Those aged fifty or more would find it very difficult to find a comparable job again, if indeed they can find any job at all.

More tragically, thousands of youngsters are leaving colleges and universities with good qualifications, and little prospects of employment. They feel cheated. They did what they were advised to do. They stayed in education, they worked hard, they probably amassed large debts and loans to help sustain them whilst they studied – and now there are no jobs to go to.

There are of course other circumstances which can lead us to lose hope, besides illness, or lack of work or prospects. Broken relationships with no possibility of reconciliation, addictions, failures etc … all can lead us to the temptation to just give up.

Where’s all this leading to? – I hear you ask.

I’d like you for a moment to consider some facts.

Whatever happens in life one thing is for certain: God is still in control.

He is not hiding away behind the settee crying: “Woe woe … look at what is happening out there!”

He is in total control of the situation which He has allowed to happen, and which, in most circumstances, we have created for ourselves.

The writer of the letter to the Hebrews knew what he was saying when he wrote: To have Faith is to be sure of the things we hope for … (Hebrews 11).

And the important thing, whatever our circumstances, is to hold on to that Faith and to believe, in all certainty, that God is in control.

And to thank Him and praise Him for being in control. To re-affirm and acknowledge our belief that He is in control.

By doing so, somehow, we open a channel for God to turn our situation to the good. I’ve seen this happen several times.

Think of the alternative. By turning our back on God, by ignoring Him, blaming Him even for our situation – He will hardly feel inclined to help us. Will He? Of course, He’ll remain in control, waiting for us, with Fatherly patience, love and understanding, for the moment we return to Him like the prodigal son and be welcomed in His arms.

But what do you do if someone else has lost hope – even though you may not have yourself?

Preaching will not help. It may drive them further away.

Love, sympathy, compassion, whatever practical help you can offer may well help a little.

But most important is prayer. Silent prayer even. Without them knowing about it.

Let your Faith and your hope work for them. Even though they may have little or no Faith at all, your Faith is enough.

The best listened to and answered prayers are those we pray for other people. They show God our generosity of spirit, our love, our compassion, and most of all, our Faith in Him.

Don’t suggest solutions to God; like “Please help Him find a job”, but earnestly and in all Faith hand the situation over to Him. He knows what to do, in His time and in His own way.

Just say: “Thy will be done” and mean it.

And watch His miracles at work.

10 comments:

  1. Very nice Victor, thanks for the inspiration and God bless,

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    1. Thank you Noelle.

      May God bless you and your family always.

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  2. My nephew was just talking to me about this today - he's in college and knows that young people are having a terrible time getting jobs when they graduate. It makes college seem somewhat pointless to him, amassing all that debt and possibly not finding a job after. Sad.

    I love how you stress that God is in control throughout this post. It's a good reminder to us that no matter what the circumstances may be God is in charge and we shouldn't lose hope.

    Great post!

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    1. Thanx Mary.

      It breaks my heart how many people lose hope and often even get to lose Faith. They forget that in our darkest hour He is nearest to us.

      God bless.

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  3. (((Just say: “Thy will be done” and mean it.

    And watch His miracles at work. )))

    So true #1 Victor

    By the way, where's that country song you promised me? :)

    Never mind I've found one > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMSWAUAKJn0 < and you being a country music fan can tell your readers the story behind this country singer in relation to your post. I've also got a true story about this song but I'll leave "IT" for another time. (lol)

    God Bless

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    1. I promise there'll be a Country song here soon. At the moment there are about 16 posts already written and on a queue to be published. Most are from my series of History Lessons. But one is a Country song with Christian lyrics. I hope you'll like it.

      God bless.

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  4. In my darkest hours, I cling to hope. Sometimes it is all I have, but it is enough. God can do a lot with that hope.

    Thanks Victor! And I appreciated the story about the cyclist! Thank you!

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    1. It takes a lot of strength to cling to hope, Colleen

      God bless.

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  5. I am glad to see your emphasis on God being in control. It is hard to remember that fact, when one loses hope. That statement is a message of hope, indeed.

    Have a blessed day, Victor.

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    1. In our panic, we forget He is always in control.

      God bless you Hand-Maid.

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