When Hope Seems Gone

Have you ever met someone who's hope seems gone?  

When people are in despair often your words go unheard.  

This year marks 40-years of ministry for my husband and I.  Over the course of these years we have ministered to a number of people who have lost hope.  For some it lasted only for a short time, but for others it was days, weeks or years.

I am a person of faith who has devoted my life to ministry, yet I too have tiptoed around the field of hopelessness.  Even the homes of those in ministry will be touched with sickness, discouragement, death, bad choices, personal struggles, family issues and times when it seems nothing goes right.  

When Hope Seems Gone, we have an abundance of questions, but what we want are answers.    

In times like these, we may feel ready to buckle under the weight of the unanswered questions, but Jesus didn't.  In fact, Biblegatyeway.com states that Jesus asked 307 questions in the Gospels, but HE only answered 183 of those questions.  

Here's a sample of some of His questions:
  • If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? 
  • Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 
  • Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 
  • What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? 
Each of these questions make a powerful statement...no answer necessary.  

Recently, I came across another question in the Bible.  It was in Romans 8:31 this verse says,  "What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?"

Next time you feel like hope has vanished from your life try adding one more question to the pile and be encouraged not by an answer but by a question.

"If God is for us, who can be against us?" 


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