Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 NKJV
Have you ever been in a seemingly hopeless situation before? It’s like being thirsty in a desert, right?
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HOPE (Verb): To place trust; to rely.
DESPAIR (Verb): To lose all hope or confidence.
Jehoshaphat was king of Judah. He feared God and led his citizens rightly. However, his enemies from three different countries wanted to attack him. It was a man versus three nations. It was a hopeless situation. Jehoshaphat was afraid.
As a king, he had many soldiers, so many to count. He could have arranged for all of them to meet with his enemies immediately. Jehoshaphat took a different turn instead.
He sought the Source of hope. He went to God to ask for guidance. Then he told all his citizens to fast and pray. His citizens from every town came to meet with the Lord. Jehoshaphat leaned on God and he didn’t have to raise a finger against his enemies. God fought his battles for him. The season of hopelessness was gone in a blink of an eye.
God is the Source of hope.
I pray that God, the Source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 NLT
The Bible says cursed is the man that places his hope on another man. Such a man will be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes (Jeremiah 17:5).
HOW TO FIND HOPE IN TIMES OF DESPAIR.
1. By placing your trust in Jesus: With Jesus, you will never face your problems alone. When you have problems, you can be sure of victory. There is no failure when Jesus is in charge. When you trust Him, He will definitely lead you out of that hopeless situation (Proverbs 3:3-5).
2. Pray and fast: The Book of Esther in the Bible show us the importance of prayer and fasting. Esther and her people were in a hopeless situation. A death warrant had been written. They were going to die. Instead of crying out to men, they stayed in the place of prayer and fasted too (Esther 4:15-16).
3. Be in a company of believers: When you are in a company of believers, you will surely get wise counsel. You will be encouraged in the Lord. The three Hebrew men were in a state of hopelessness but they were able to trust God because of their unity in faith and God delivered them (Hebrews 10:25).
4. Worship and Praise God: When you worship God, you are telling the hopeless situation that it is below God and you are exalting God. Don’t complain. Don’t shift blames. Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah worshipped God and their enemies became their footstool (2 Chronicles 20:18-19).
5. Confess God’s promises: For as many as are the promises of God, in Christ they are [all answered] “Yes.” So through Him we say our “Amen” to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 1:20 AMP. God keeps His Words. Remind Him of His words.
God is the Source of hope. No God equals no hope. When there is God, there is hope. Only children of God can put their hope in God.
You have hope when you believe God through His Son, Jesus. You can say this prayer if you want to accept Jesus. “Dear Jesus, I have come to realise how much you love me. I ask that you forgive my sins so I become your child. Thank You Jesus because you have forgiven me. Amen.”
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