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3 Truths For When You’re Feeling Hopeless

Have the struggles of life left you feeling hopeless? Fix your mind on these truths today.

Have you misplaced your hope? Even a redeemed child of God can begin feeling hopeless when hope is set on the wrong object. These truths provide the cure.

 

As a child of God whose sins have been forgiven, I know that my biggest problem has already been solved.

But this world is full of trouble.

My life still contains challenges.

I get discouraged.

Sometimes I loose sight of hope altogether and begin to despair.

Does that ever happen to you?

Here’s what I’ve come to realize . . .

Despair can only take over when we’re hoping in the wrong thing.

If we find ourselves at the end of our hope, then our hope is misplaced.

Where, then, should we fix our hope?

Take a look at Lamentations 3:21-24:

This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope.
The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.”

 

Prescription For When You’re Feeling Hopeless

 

Fix your mind on:

The Unceasing Kindness of God

God is always doing good things for His children. Make a list of ways God has been kind to you. Recall His provision and care from the past. Pray that you will recognize His goodness to you right now. Rehearse the promise that He will never change.

Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

 

The Unfailing Compassion of God

God does not stand aloof, passively observing our struggles. He is like a tender shepherd who gently leads his sheep in the best ways. Isaiah 40:11  God knows your weaknesses and is intimately acquainted with your struggles because He designed them to strengthen and purify you. Job 23:10, James 1:2-4  Draw near to Him in prayer; He wants to bear your burdens for you. James 4:8, Matthew 11:28  Meditate on these Scriptures that remind you God is on your side.

 

The Great Faithfulness of God

God has always kept every promise He has made. He always will. It is impossible for Him to lie! Titus 1:2  Even when you falter and refuse to look at Him, He remains true to Himself and to His Word. 2 Timothy 2:13  Study God’s character. Make a list of all His attributes. Review Old Testament history and His faithfulness to the Israelites. Hold fast to the promises God makes to all His people. (Arabah Joy offers a list of 40 promises from Scripture here.)

 

Have you misplaced your hope? Even a redeemed child of God can begin feeling hopeless when hope is set on the wrong object. These truths provide the cure.

 

The troubles you’re facing won’t disappear in the face of these truths.

But your hope will return when you shift your gaze away from your circumstances toward the character of God.

 

More Hope-Filled Scriptures
  • Psalm 16
  • Psalm 33:18-22
  • Psalm 42 & 43
  • Psalm 62:5-8
  • Psalm 73:25-28
  • Romans 8:18-25
  • Hebrews 3:1-6
  • Hebrews 10:19-25
  • 1 Peter 1:3-9

Biblical hope is not a wish for better times or a changed future.

It is a sure certainty that God is faithful. That He will fulfill what He has promised. That He will go through your struggles with you. That He can be glorified in your trials. That He really does have your best interest in mind. That He is working out His good plan in His perfect timing.

You may have no idea what that will look like, when it will take place or what it will require of you. But know that it is absolutely guaranteed.

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.

Psalm 27:13-14

What Scriptures do you turn to when you’re feeling hopeless?

 

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Comments

  1. Trudy Feyereisen says:

    Thank you SO MUCH, Abi, for taking the time to express these words. They truly mean more to me than I can adequately convey … especially since John experienced his first ever seizure Thursday and I had to call 911. Spent the evening in the local hospital where an MRI revealed the cancer is still slowly growing and now there is swelling on the brain. Have an apt. with the neurosurgeon in Grand Rapids on Tuesday as it looks like we may be heading towards a 3rd brain surgery after all. Your words meant a lot the first time I read them, and continue to minister to my heart during this new development. Love to you and yours.

    • So glad I got to talk with you this afternoon. Will continue to pray for you both in the coming weeks. I’ve been studying through Psalm 25 lately, how David clung so tightly to God for hope when he was in distress. So thankful you know that same Strong Tower to run to for refuge. A big hug coming your way . . .

      • I read Psalm 25 before I went to bed last night! Great one! Thanks for sharing it! Hugs right back!

  2. So thankful that God is with us through the trials. Such great truths to hold on to! Thanks for compiling all these great verses and encouragements! I have been especially meditating on psalm 27:13-14 as well:)

  3. Like you, I’m so grateful that our hope doesn’t need to rest in our shifting circumstances! God is a solid foundation!

  4. I think we especially find it hard to believe God is kind. But it’s all right there in His Word, and if we choose to believe IN God, we must choose to believe His Word! Such a timely piece, Abi.

    And I must say, I adore your graphics in this one!!! WOWZEE!!!! Great job.

    Praying for you, gal. I appreciate you and your ministry to your family!

    • Yes, God’s kindness isn’t always packaged the way we want it to be, so we assume it isn’t kindness . . . how little we know from where we stand.

      Appreciate your appreciation of the graphics! I especially loved the gingham and mug photo.

      Have to say your email address always gives me a chuckle 😉 Have a great weekend.

  5. Yes, yes, yes! I refuse to let despair take over – He is enough! Thank you for sharing this!

    Elizabeth
    thislittlehomeofmine.com

    • Glad you stopped by, Elizabeth. God’s ways aren’t always our ways, so we have to keep our minds fixed on the truth of who He is in the midst of that. Blessings on your weekend.

  6. Belinda Letchford says:

    Psalm 27 is a favourite of mine. I appreciate posts like this because when we feel hopeless we can’t even remember our go-to scriptures. This is why we need the family of God around us – to remind us that God is faithful.

    • Yes, we certainly do need the family of God around us, Belinda, to hold up our arms when we’re weary and to point us back to where the truth is when we’re looking in the wrong direction.

  7. The verse I always turn to is from Joshua 1: I will never leave you nor forsake you. A truth to hold onto when I’m in despair.

    • That is definitely a “lifesaver thought” when things around us get dark and scary. So glad you visited, Rachel. Have a great week.

  8. What wonderful insights Abi! I especially appreciated your point that “Biblical hope is not a wish for better times or a changed future” — sometimes I forget that.

    I so appreciated the list of verses you shared here too. Pinning this to my Deliberate FAITH board.

    Thanks so much for sharing.
    xoxo

    • Yes, have to remember myself not to “wish” things were different but to trust that God is in control and has a plan even when I can’t see it. Blessings on your week, Jennifer. And thanks for pinning!

  9. What a great word on hope, Abi!
    I love this post!
    And, one of my favorite verses is Psalm 27:13-14!
    Thanks for stopping by my site to leave a good word.
    Always sweet to connect with you~
    Melanie

    • So glad you visited, Melanie. So good to know that others are spreading the same message of hope in Christ. Have a great week.

  10. “When we come to the end of our hope, then our hope is misplaced.” Wow, that is so good. We have limitless hope in Jesus. When we have lost our hope then we need to draw near to Jesus. These are great tips to set our hope back on the Lord. Have a blessed day!

  11. Thank you for sharing Abi. I know when life is just a mess I can declare His faithfulness! Your words are very much an encouragement. Visiting from Grace & Truth.

    • Life sure does have messy spots, doesn’t it? What a blessing that we can cling to God’s faithfulness through it all. Enjoy your weekend, Lorena.

  12. I really needed this today, Abi! Thanks so much. I appreciate your wisdom in pointing us to the right direction for Biblical hope: God and His faithfulness!

    • So glad these truths have encouraged you today, Betsy. May you soon be able to look back at your current struggle and see God’s goodness revealed again.

  13. Trudy Feyereisen says:

    Precious entry/verses, dear sister Abi! Thank you for sharing! Lamentations 3 and 1 Peter 3 have become familiar friends to me as well! Love to you!

    • Been praying for you guys . . . you have been so diligent to look for the ways God is good to you in your trial. I’m sure I don’t even know the half of how difficult this has been and continues to be. May God continue to provide more grace at every step. Though your flesh and your heart may grow faint and fail, God will always be the strength of your life.

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