What to Do About Hopelessness

Updated on March 3, 2018
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She posts many articles online that are really Bible lessons.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart

and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways submit to him,

and he will make your paths straight.

(Proverbs 3:5-6)

What Is Hopelessness?

Hopelessness is defined as having no expectation of anything good or successful. It is having the feeling of despair, desperation, and despondency.

Hopelessness is thinking it is impossible to get well if you are sick. It is having
the mistaken feeling that there is no cure or remedy for your ailments.

Hopelessness is believing you will not get finances to pay your bills before it is too late for you to ever catch up.

Hopelessness is wanting to give up because things are going so wrong.

Hopelessness is thinking there is no solution to your problem.

Hopelessness is having no visions of hope.

What Does God Say About Hopelessness?

The above is what you think and do about hopelessness. How does God want people to respond when they feel hopelessness?

God wants His people to know three things especially when they feel that they are in a hopeless situation.

  1. God is sovereign.
  2. God is always with you.
  3. God keeps His promises.

God Is Sovereign

Remember that God is sovereign. We might feel hopeless when we can't get things done on our own. We can be hopeful when we trust God for every area of our lives.

Because God is sovereign, He is in control of everything. Just because you think you are hopeless, God doesn't think so. He knows what's going on in your life, and He wants you to know He is still in charge.

Your hopelessness has no bearing on

what God CAN and WILL do.

God Is Always With You

Remember that God is always with you. No matter why you feel hopeless, God is there with you. You are never alone. Replace your hopelessness with the knowledge that God is already working things out for your good.

God has said many times in the Bible, that He is always with you and He will neither leave you nor forsake you.

According to Deuteronomy 31:6, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."

It has been so many times to emphasize the fact that no matter how hopeful the situation seems, God will never leave us.

We may leave God, but God has made it very clear that He will never leave us. No matter how hopeless the situation may seem to you, God will never leave you.

We can be confident that He is with us at all times.

See the table below with 10 scriptures that record the same promise.

'God Will Never Leave Us Nor Forsake Us' Is Seen In All of the Following Scriptures

Scriptures
Deuteronomy 31:6
Deuteronomy 31:8
Joshua 1:5
1 Kings 8:57
1 Chronicles 28:20
Psalms 37:28
Psalms 94:14
Isaiah 41:17
Isaiah 42:16

God Keeps His Promises

Remember that God always keeps His promises. When our situation seems hopeless, we might be tempted to turn from God, to give up and to stop trusting Him.

That is the time that no matter how bad things get, God will hear your prayers and will respond to your praises and will rescue you. He will keep His promises, and His word will not return to Him void, but it shall accomplish that which God pleases, and it shall prosper in the thing where He sent it, according to Isaiah 55:11.

Conclusion of the Matter

Your situation might seem hopeless to you, but remember God is sovereign, He is close to you, and He will keep His promises.

It might not seem like these things from the Bible are true when you are going through situations you believe to be hopeless. That is the time to true God more than ever before and not give up.

Hopelessness doesn't last forever. Therefore, think beyond your hopelessness and enjoy life again.

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    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      11 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks, Sister Dora. You are absolutely right about not having readers look up scriptures. That advice is appropriate in most cases, and I will definitely keep that in mind for other articles. However, in this case, I was proving that the same thing is said in all the scriptures I listed. Since they all say the same thing, it wasn't necessary to write every one of them out.

      Your feedback is always welcomed, and I will use it in future articles.

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      Dora Weithers 

      11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Very helpful. Perhaps (just a sisterly opinion) a few words from the verses listed in the table might help even a little more. It seems that readers prefer to read Scripture quotes than to look up the reference. Thanks for the message.

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