The world seems hopeless, and it is. There are wars and rumors of wars. There are earthquakes, floods, and volcanic eruptions. There is violence and death, disease and sickness, hatred and jealousy; fathers against sons, mothers against daughters, children against parents (Micah 7:6; Luke 12:53). The world seems out of control, and it is. But there is Light in the midst of darkness, Life in the midst of death, Hope in the midst of hopelessness.
David’s life seemed totally hopeless as he hid in caves and tried to keep one step ahead of King Saul’s pursuit to kill him. It was because of Saul’s anger and jealousy David had many a sleepness night. Not knowing what the future might hold for him, David in his loneliest hour quizzed himself, “Why art thou cast down , O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me?” Suddenly the answer to overcoming his troubled soul came to him, “Hope thou in God,” (Psalm 42:5).
Adam hoped in God to send a Redeemer – Genesis 3:15
Abraham hoped in God to father a nation – Genesis 17
Moses hoped in God to lead His people – Exodus 3-4
Joshua hoped in God to conquer the Promised Land – Joshua 1
Nehemiah hoped in God to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem – Nehemiah 4-6
Isaiah hoped in God to be His witness – Isaiah 6
Martha hoped in God for life after death – John 11
Peter hoped in God for forgiveness in denying Christ – John 21
Paul hoped in God to deliver him safely to Rome – Acts 27
“Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart,
All ye that hope in the LORD.”