How often do we feel hopeless?
Hopeless marriages, hopeless parenting, hopeless single life, hopeless job,
hopeless situatutions, hopeless healthy living, hopeless in school, hopeless
money problems, etc. It can be easy to feel weighed down with hopelessness.
We feel like nothing is changing. There must not be a plan. Life is full of
uncertainities. We can't see the light at the end of the tunnel, and we doubt
that it even exists. We are confused with the way things are playing out,
frustrated that it isn't the way we had planned. All of this pain, hurt, and
struggle could never bring about anything good. We have no hope.
THOSE ARE LIES.
The enemy wants you to be distracted, distraught, and defeated. He rejoices
in your confusion, struggle, and pain. He dances when we feel helpless and
hopeless. He is after us to steal our joy, kill our passion, and destroy our
The good news is, we don't have to live there. The enemy does not have to
have the victory. He can be defeated. We do have hope.
We are blessed to be able to look back. We can see the beginning, the middle,
and the end of the Easter story. We look unto Easter with full knowledge of the
events, beacuse it has already happened.
But, think about then. The day between His death and His ressurection must
have been dark. The Saviour of the world was dead, He was buried, and all hope
was gone. His family, His disciples, and His followers were probably all
confused. They may have felt like they wasted their time with Jesus. There was
no change to happen, life would stay the way it always had been. They were
hopeless, swarmed with uncertainities, and filled with doubt. The awful pain of
His death would've been all in vain. Nothing made sense.
God had a plan. He defeated sin, death, hell, the grave, and the enemy, so we
can have hope. Not a distant hope that doesn't change anything, but a real,
lively hope. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope
by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Peter 1:3)
God's Word brings us the full, beautiful picture of what Jesus did for us, in
love, so we can have hope. For everything that was written in the past
was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures
and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.(Romans 15:4)
So, when your situation feels dark, and you are without hope, remember, God
has a plan. He was sovereign when Jesus was in the grave, and He is still
sovereign in your life, today. He is not taken by surprise when something
alarming occurs. He is in control. He has a plan. He is working things out for
good for those that love Him. He is with you. for the Lord your God goes
with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6b)
There is no need to fear the uncertainty. So do not fear, for I
am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and
help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.(Isaiah
Jesus is our hope. Without His rising again, and conquering death, sin, hell,
and the enemy, we would be hopeless. But, He did. He gave us hope.
So celebrate today. We can remember that the day before He arose, He was
fighting for us, to bring us real hope.
Celebrate who He is, and what He did for you.