Everyone needs hope. Being without hope is a sad state of life and perhaps one of the worst effects of the Fall of man and separation from a relationship with God who is the One true source of hope. It has been said that the only thing worse than insanity is hopelessness. We use another word to describe hopelessness or a loss of hope and that is discouragement. Discouragement in reality is a loss of hope. Hope is a confident and favorable expectation, an anticipation of good; and it gives us the feeling of what we desire will happen. We lose this when discouraged. We lose our courage and motivation when we lose hope. We can become lethargic, indifferent, sluggish, and even apathetic which are all signs of hopelessness. Two of the chief dangers of remaining in hopelessness can lead to are:
1. Recklessness – we do crazy and desperate things; things we’d never think of doing or that we ever thought we’d do.
2. Neglect- we do nothing; we give up, we withdraw and isolate ourselves and say “just leave me alone,” or “I’ll figure this out on my own.”
The Good News is our God is the God of hope. You can get your hope back and even abound in hope. He can give us hope though the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit by His power can cause us to abound in hope; a hope that is excessive, overflowing, beyond measure, and beyond the ordinary:
Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Romans 15:13 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.