In despair? Jesus is your hope!

In despair?

Are you in despair? Do you have friends or acquaintances who are despairing of life and its circumstances? If so, there is Good News. Jesus is the hope of the world. The Scriptures tell us that without hope in Jesus, we are the most miserable people.

There are many things in life that we cannot control. Problems with our health, our finances, or our families sometimes come to us through no fault of our own. At other times we may be partially or totally to blame for the problems we face. In any of these situations, Jesus wants us to turn to Him. He wants us to trust Him and wait patiently on Him even when life is at its worst. This is because Jesus is a redeemer. A redeemer is someone who can keep our bad experiences from being wasted. No matter whether our problems are caused by ourselves or someone else, Jesus can use these problems for our good. He wants to use these experiences to show us that He can take what seems very bad and make it into something beautiful.

Sometimes our circumstances can be so frustrating or pathetic that it is hard for us to see light at the end of the tunnel. It is hard for us to imagine how God could bring anything good out of such bad situations. When we feel this way, we must ask God for more faith. God is faithful and will give His children good gifts, including the ability to put their faith in Him. The more we trust Him on a daily basis, the more “natural” it will be to put faith in Him when tough decisions and circumstances stare us in the face in the future.

Jesus Himself knows what it is like to face very difficult experiences. During His time of earthly ministry, he had no place to call home; there was not even a mat in the corner of the room that he could call His. The religious people who called themselves followers of God hated him. A day before his death, all of his close friends deserted him. And as he hung bleeding on a wooden cross, it seemed to him that even God had forsaken him.

Have you ever committed your life to Jesus? If not, now is the time to do so. As you commit your life to Him and follow His teachings, you will find that He is able to lift you from the grip of despair.

Jesus invites us to come to Him. He wants us to taste and see that He is good. This invitation is always open.


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3 Responses

  1. Hi my name is Erik Weston and I was wondering about how to deal with generational curses because when my mom was alive she cussed around me and betrayed me more than once and when you tried to talk to her about what she did to me she would deny or turn what I told her around on me and say what I was talking about was all my fault. I also would like to say that all really picked me up or she would say what she did to me I did to her.

    1. Hi Erik. Generational sins were an Old Testament concept and even in the OT God didn’t apply them across the board (see Ezekiel 18). You are not accountable for your mother’s sins and she isn’t accountable for yours. It is true that one generation influences the next one, but you cannot negotiate forgiveness for your grandfather’s sins. Nor can you push responsibility for your sins on him. See Matthew 11:28-30.

  2. Dear Laura and Stephen, I pray for you and all your needs and hopes. Our lives are filled with challenges. Yet, Jesus Himself felt abandoned for a moment on the Cross “my God, my God, why have You forsaken me?”… yet, He quickly turns His trust and life over to His Father. So, as Stephen said, have faith, stay strong, and hang in there! You are loved, and we need you to help bring light and love into this world.

    Jesus said “In this world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world!” John 16:33

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