His professors and fellow students recognized him as one of the most brilliant students on campus. He had “the most” when it came to worldly goods. From any vantage point, he seemed to “have it all.”
Early one morning while the campus was wrapped in silence, he jumped to his death from his room in the dorm. As his family went through the items left behind, they discovered a note that read, “There is utterly no hope!”
Hopelessness has many causes and few cures. Many, searching for some form of hope, turn to alcohol or other drugs. Others lose themselves in their work or search anxiously for a way out of their despair. Many seek relief by trying new experiences or adventures. Few, however, discover long-lasting results.
Hopelessness may come from unmet expectations, sorrow or grief. We all seem to want a life without a “pile of problems.” No one looks for tragedies as a form of entertainment. And, we rarely have an opportunity to “pick our pain.” Problems and pain, sorrow and grief, are as much a part of life as sunshine or rain, night or day.
Is there a sure source where everyone can find hope? The Psalmist believes there is. “...hope in the Lord; for with the Lord, there is unfailing love. His redemption overflows.”
Hoping is different from wishing. Wishing is a desire for something we don’t have. Hope, on the other hand, is a gift from God and will give us confidence that He is with us and will fulfill every promise He has ever made. Hope will protect us and empower us to meet the dangers and disappointments of life.
Prayer: Lord, as long as we have You we have hope and know that Your unfailing love will guide us and guard us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 130:7 …hope in the Lord; for with the Lord, there is unfailing love. His redemption overflows.