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Hope For The Hopeless

April 2008

     Some people have the feeling that their life has reached a point of hopelessness. Perhaps their marital relationships have turned out sour. Maybe they find themselves "broke" through a series of financial reverses and unwise spending. Others find themselves in hopeless despair because their health is shattered with little hope of recovering former well being. Many of these people come to the place where they say, "What is the use? There is no hope."
     A life of sin also leads one to a place of hopelessness. Sin may have its thrills at the time but afterwards it brings misery. Sin's addictions often lead to more sin and makes lives degenerate in a downward spiral. This often leads to a feeling of hopelessness where individuals feel that they are so bad that God will not forgive them.
     The Bible describes the hopeless condition of those who find themselves disconnected from God as "having no hope, and without God in the world" (Ephesians 2:12).
     But - there is hope. The writer of the book of Romans struggled with that miserable feeling of hopelessness but then he found deliverance through the power of God. "O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord..." (Romans 7:24, 25). No matter how large the problem, no matter how far down the spiral of despondency, there is deliverance available. God who has created man and understands man has also provided the means of hope.
     No one gets to the place where the grace of God is unable to deliver them from sin's bondage and give true joy in its place. When a person repents of their wrongdoing, God forgives their sins through the provision of Jesus' shed blood. God not only cleans up the person's soul but gives power through the Holy Spirit to live a life of victory and joy. In spite of past failures, there is hope for a blessed life here in time and for eternity.
     Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost (Romans 15:13).

- Paul J. Zehr,
   Bayfield, ON