Hope in dark times
” No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible.”- George Chakiris.
Yes ! Love and hope is always possible, whatever the situation we are dealing with . There comes time where we find ourselves in the dark part of the darkest situation in life, but not loosing hope and being optimistic really bring positive results, especially for those who believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Since Jesus sacrificed His life to forgive us so that we could have eternal life; He actually displayed His love for us.
Now since we know that Jesus loves us so we have a hope because of Jesus , the one Who can sacrifice His life to forgive us our sins can do anything for us. So we have a hope and a alive Hope that whatever the situations we are going through ;we will be delivered because there is Jesus who loves us abundantly. And we have a never ending hope in Him.
Is ‘hope‘ our need ?
First let’s look at the dictionary meaning of hope – “Hope : a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen.”
The feeling of expectation we have is known as our hope. But what to hope for ? We hope for something when we need something and we do not know when and how our expectation will be fulfilled and that is the moment of hope. Whatever the situation we have in life but life always keeps moving forward and hope is like a fuel which helps the vehicle of life move forward smoothly , so yes we need hope so that our life would keep moving forward smoothly. Furthermore having Hope brings joy and happiness in our life, and being happy is all we need in our life.
Scene from a hospital
I happened to visit CMC ( Vellore) hospital in India in October 2018. As it is one of the top hospitals in India ; patients from allover India do come for treatment. Even foreigners do come for treatment. What I saw there that people out there were desperate for the treatment, different patients had different types of disease and all waiting for their appointments with doctor, they all were hoping for better treatment in a top hospital, their eyes shining with the Ray of hope that everything will be okay because they were in a top hospital. But there were some other patients who felt hopelessness inside their heart because there are some disease which can only be treated to some extent using medical science. Their faces looked dull and faded. They cannot be cured and healed fully.
At this times the only hope they can have is hope for positive outcome through the God.
Jesus is the hope giver. Whenever we come across bad times in life, whether sickness or any type of trials and tribulations ; we should always hope for God’s help for the deliverance from the dark situation. And that brings positive result.
Jeremiah 29:11 says ” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord “plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
The last part of the verse tells us that God gives us Hope, so as God gives hope so now whenever we come across such situations of hopelessness and despair ; we must pray to God for a new Ray of hope in the life so as to live the life to the fullest.
Faith, Hope, Love
While we are talking about hope; we must include these topics of Faith , Hope and Love as they all are strongly connected. We cannot hope for anything from the one who does not love us, but we can only hope from someone who loves us and loves us strongly. Jesus gave his life for us , He showed the love to us and so we have a hope in Him in every moment of life and especially in bad times.
And now Hope is a road and faith is a destination, in fact Hope is the road to destination called Faith. When there is hope ; there is faith. And that’s what God wants us to have, to have faith in him.
Hebrews 11 : 1 says ” Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen” So now we see hope and faith goes hand in hand, when we have hope along with faith , our expectations and desires are fulfilled .
Hope and Faith are complimentary to each other.
We have a hope when we go through trials and tribulation in life. And our hope is fulfilled with faith , God does not only want us to have hope but He wants us to have faith in Him together with hope, because God works in our life according to our faith in Him : Bible says in Hebrews 11:1 ” Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen” . Faith and hope are complimentary to each other .
I would like to add one more verse : Romans 10: 17 – So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ. Faith is like a seed which is when planted in our heart it needs nutrition to flourish lively. The word of God in Bible is is the nutrients of faith which help the faith in our heart to flourish. According to the scriptures in Romans 10:17 we need to keep hearing the word of God and keep reading Bible so our faith flourishes and our expectations and desires is fulfilled.
Now we know that we cannot loose hope even in the darkest situations in life because Jesus loves us and what we hope for is fulfilled for us according to our Faith .
MAY GOD BLESS YOU ! 🙂