There are so many Scripture passages about hope in the Bible. And it’s a good thing, because for many of us, hope is in short supply. When bad things come upon us, hope seems far away. The Biblical character we know as Job had a terrible time holding on to hope after a series of very grave losses in his life. Things were dismal for him during this time and he expressed it freely, “My spirit is broken, my days are extinguished, the grave is ready for me.”
And that chapter ends in a most hopeless moment for poor Job:
Where then is my hope? Who can see any hope for me? (Job 17:15)
You have probably experienced some hopeless moments in your life. I know that I have experienced many along the way. Almost all of 2014 felt hopeless to me. Some of the time, doctors did not know why I had become unresponsive. At other times, I despaired because I had lost my ability to function without help. When I tried to move about, I would fall. When I tried to stay in bed, I became extremely restless. I could no longer write and began to re-learn my ABCs. I re-learned to identify colors. I tried my best to recognize the people in my life. The nights in the hospital were long and frightening. I didn’t know what my outcome would be, and at times I asked myself “where is my hope?”
But let’s not stay at Job. Let’s not stay at my most hopeless time. Lets move on to the light of hope, and find grace and comfort in the fifth chapter of Romans. Let’s look there for a hint about how to rejoice in our sufferings until we see hope’s light ahead.
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:1-6 NIV)
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. (Romans 15:13)