have probably heard this phrase—“As long as there is life, there is
hope”—as a way to encourage people in tough times.
may have it backwards, for it is true that “As long as there is
hope, there is life.” We are thoroughly dependent on hope to keep
going on in this difficult period. Where there is no hope, there is
no reason to go on.
need hope to wake up on Monday morning and start a new week. Monday
is the most dangerous day of the week, and that is where we spend
1/7th of our life. A long term study of 4000 men who had
heart attacks revealed that those attacks happened three times more
often on Monday than any other day in the week.
year especially, life has been a struggle every day for everyone.
Hope is essential.
what is hope? Human hope is vague and merely wishful. But Biblical
hope is insider information, hope based on a given reality.
deals with our disappointments. There are many of those in life, but
hope reminds us that they will serve a purpose and things will work
out. Romans 8:28
overcomes discouragements by instilling the Word of God in our
thinking. Look for hope anywhere else and you won’t find it.
Finally, disillusionment results when hope is absent, and hope wanes
when we stop praying drop out of church, withdraw from other
Christians, and allow our faith to become irrelevant.
people are going through all three right now—disappointment,
discouragement, and disillusionment. We really need hope for all
the Mondays in our life, plus the other days as well.
are doing some work around here because we have hope, and we want
people to have hope. When others say you can’t sustain a church in a
dying town, we know God can. So we place our hope in Him.
may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”