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Points to Ponder: When Hope is Gone, Find Another One
Points to Ponder
When Hope is Gone, Find Another One
by Pastor Dennis Whitmore
A true story is told of a pastor's wife whose ministry was visiting people with HIV and AIDS. One patient had just received a bad repot from his doctor. He told the pastor's wife, "He took away my hope." Her reply was, "I guess he did. Do you have another one?"
When we lose our hope, despair can settle into our spirits. Maybe you know despair right now. The "C" word, cancer, has come to claim a loved one. Perhaps a job loss, the fallout from a bad investment, or a disaster has crushed a long-cherished dream. A failed marriage, the loss of a child, broken promises and broken dreams can also snuff out your hope for a future that, now, can never be. That leads to despair, a hope taken away. Do you have another one? Yes, you do. Or if not, you can.
The Apostle Paul told the Roman Christians to "rejoice in (the) hope of glory of God." The troubles that strike us can actually work in us to produce hope - another hope, a better hope. He writes: "...we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us." (Romans 5:2b, 3-5)
And he goes on to explain that hope comes from the inward knowledge that God loves us. And God's love was demonstrated "in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (v. 8)
One writer has offered the perspective: Despair says that our circumstances tell us what is true about God. Hope says that God tells us what is true about our circumstances.
If life is telling you that your hope is gone, remember you can always find another one. And if you have the Hope which God offers in Christ, you have all the hope you will ever need.
This column can be found on the web at: www.fumcl.org and is downloaded for your reading pleasure. Pastor Whitmore is not affiliated with Picket News, nor does he submit any material directly to our publication. We regularly reprint interesting articles found at his public domain Web site and encourage all readers to visit this site to enjoy similar material.
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