“Hope is the state which promotes the belief in a good outcome related to events and circumstances in one’s life. Despair is often regarded as the opposite of hope. Hope is the “feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best” or the act of “look[ing] forward to something with desire and reasonable confidence” or “feel[ing] that something desired may happen”. Other definitions are “to cherish a desire with anticipation”; “to desire with expectation of obtainment”; or “to expect with confidence”.
Proverbs 13:12 “Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick, but a sudden good break can turn life around.” Proverbs 17:22 “A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.” When God created man he created him to be His own companion, to walk and talk with Him. He gave man dominion over every living thing and He made us to enjoy life, the earth, to be happy, joyous and live life to the fullest. It is the fault of man that the air of this earth became Satan’s property to do with as he would and because of that we cope with disease, pollution of land and sea, danger on every hand and most of all, unhappiness. In speaking to a person last night, hearing all the problems of a spouse that was hung up on alcohol, pornography and unfaithfulness to their vows, I felt heartsick, I prayed with her, she said she was hopeless. I feel sad for all the people who are crying out for help.
As the Proverb says, when we are constantly disappointed and upset, we open the gates that protect our health so that along with being unhappy, we become sick. Question, Is anyone, or any material thing worth giving up your hope, your health and your life for? I say NO! 1 Corinthians 15:19 “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” Don’t worry about tomorrow, just live for today, start following Jesus, each step of the way. Jeremiah 29:11 “I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out-plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”
As we look at what the future might hold for us we can feel a full range of emotion from joy to despair and everything in between even when there are no big problems in our lives, but for those who are suffering from any loss, whether it is from the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of job, all the things that can bring us further down, then it is even worse. When I start feeling down and depressed I have to remember that God takes care of me and I should have no complaints, my children are healthy and happy so what else do I need? I need what we all need and that is hope, I have hope!