When All Hope is Lost: What Do You Do?
Even when there was no reason for hope,Abraham kept hoping–believing (Romans 4:18)
From Hope to Hopelessness
Please pray for me. My husband and I are calling out to God for a child. We have been trying with no success. About a month later, she said, “praise God, we just received news that we are pregnant.” Then weeks later, I heard, “please come to the hospital the baby is in the Fallopian tube, they are going to end my pregnancy. “With tears, our prayers for the family went up to the Lord as all hope for a child evaporated. What must one do when one loses all hope? One keeps on hoping. As time, passed great news came; “we are pregnant again.” Every day we covered that baby in prayer. With each Doctor’s visit, the news was “all is well.”
One day a phone call came, “we lost the baby again!” More tears, more prayers, and yet more tears followed. The Mother’s heart was broken and once more all hope was Lost. Disappointment in God, despair and discouragement, all of these emotions raged within her. That woman kept on hoping, she kept on praying, she kept on attending Church, and she kept on participating in Bible Studies. When all hope was lost, and despite becoming devastated, this broken woman kept her hope in God.
I was three years old, when I witnessed the death of a mother-to-be for whom all hope was lost. Despondent and depressed, she threw herself under an oncoming train. Her once pregnant body lay on the train tracks, for the train did cut her in two. Not too far from her severed remains lay the fetus of her unborn-yet-born child which was ejected on impact.
Ashamed of her status as an unwed mother, and anticipating the disgrace, pain, humiliation and lifelong dishonor the pregnancy would have brought upon her family, the totality of it all pushed her past all hope. You see the culture of, and the faith of the family stipulated public disgrace and punishment of some kind for this assault to the name of the ancestors. A discussion revealed that the faith of this unfortunate woman left little or no room for failure, or hope in a God who would meet her in the midst of her pain.
From Hopelessness to Hopelessness
These two life situations show us that a follower of Christ who has done everything ‘right’ or a non-believer who has done something wrong, times of devastation hits all of us. Impartial and no respecter of persons, this human plague of despair visits us all at indiscriminate times. Saint and sinner are on the same level when it comes to times of no hope. But there is a huge difference in the way in which the Saint as compared to the sinner responds to the question; what must one do when one loses all hope? Christ followers turn to Him for relief, even if it is to complain; but the unbeliever may look to himself or others. The believer turns to prayer, study of the Word and worship to come into peace in the midst of distress. The non-believer looks to the things of this failing and flighty world to find serenity. When the believer leaves God’s presence, one leaves with peace and an expectation of deliverance. The world may offer peace, but offers no power to eradicate the problem. What must we do when all hope is lost? With eyes fixed on Christ, the believer places all trust and confidence in Christ for our Lord will deliver. What must one do when one loses all hope? One keeps on hoping.
Paul and Silas when imprisoned (Acts 16:25, 26), against all hope, they kept hoping by looking to the Lord. The verses say, “But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed”. Our verse for our devotional said when Abraham lost all reasons to hope, he kept on hoping. He kept hoping, because he depended on upon God and not himself. When Daniel was thrown into the Lion’s den, he kept hoping in God, not in himself or the King’s ability to save. What must one do when one loses all hope? One keeps on hoping.
From Hopelessness To Hope
Are you facing a hopeless situation? Then open your Bible; find Bible verses which speak to your situation; pray those verses back to God, and find worship songs or hymns which tell of his victory. In this way, one keeps “hope alive,” in your God’s ability, to keep you in peace in the midst of hopelessness. The woman mentioned at the beginning of this devotional, the one broken having lost 2 pregnancies, the one who kept hoping in God in the face of hopeless, in a few weeks that woman will deliver twins! What does one do when all hope is lost? One keeps hoping in God, because our God can deliver; and He can fulfill His promise! Romans 4 verse 18 says, “Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping-kept on believing.”