We have all experienced times when we felt both helpless and hopeless. Whether we were facing a difficult medical diagnosis, financial reversal, broken relationship, or simply the challenges of daily living, that sense of helplessness and hopelessness is simply a product of living as broken people who inhabit a broken world.
Yet the Bible tells us there is a cosmic cure available to all of us.
God is our refuge and strength, and ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. (Psalm 46:1-3)
The psalmist knew that God was his cure for helplessness and hopelessness. Because of this ever-present truth, fear gave way to faith and the psalmist was able to rise above the storms of life.
When David said, “Let all who are helpless take heart” (Psalm 34:2), he spoke from deep conviction that was rooted in both faith and personal experience. As you read through the psalms of David, you’ll see how often he felt helpless because of the enemy without and the enemy within. David spent ten years on the run from Saul. Later, when God had given David rest on every side, an ugly enemy rose up within him. When David should have been leading Israel off to war, he was at the palace sleeping with another man’s wife. Yet through it all, David’s heart was fixed on the One who gave him both help and hope, even when things seemed helpless and hopeless.
Can the same be said of you today? Regardless of the difficulties you are facing, turn to your refuge, strength, and ever-present help. God did not bring you this far to leave you here! What He began in you, He has promised to complete (Philippians 1:6); and along the way, God has promised that all things (even the really bad things) will ultimately work together for your good and His glory (Romans 8:28).
If you attempt to work through whatever life throws your way in your own strength, make no mistake, you will quickly realize that you are indeed both helpless and hopeless! But when you turn to God and trust in Him, He will give you the help you need and the hope you cannot live without.
In all of recorded history, I cannot think of a more helpless or hopeless situation than Jesus nailed to crossbeams on the hill Golgotha. In the eyes of the watching world, the promising ministry of Jesus ended in disgrace and agony. But the watching world did not get the last word; it never does! God always gets the last word (Romans 11:36), and after three days in the tomb, Jesus was raised from death to life . . . . from helpless and hopeless to honor and glory.
Because a dead man got up and walked, you are never without help or hope, regardless of the circumstances you face. Though it may seem that the earth is giving way under your feet and the mountains are collapsing into the sea all around you, fix your eyes upon Jesus. The hope you desperately need will be found in the help He continually provides.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!