Hope is so huge for people. The late Emil Brunner once said, “What oxygen is for the lungs, such is hope for the meaning of human life.” In other words, as humans are dependent on a supply of oxygen to survive physically, even so humans are dependent on a supply of hope to survive emotionally.
Proverbs 13:12a declares, "Hope deferred makes the heart sick." In his commentary, David Guzik wrote: "The strength of hope sustains the heart; when hope’s fulfillment is long delayed (deferred), it can make the heart sick." Without hope, a person can literally become sick. Heartsick. He/she can become sick in mind, heart and soul. This sickness can lead to discouragement, depression, and hopelessness.
Hope based on circumstances never lasts. Why? Circumstances change, and can dramatically impact our relationships, our careers and our financial success! A crisis invades "our world" and turns it upside down. And, as a result, our "hope" "turns on a dime."
The only enduring hope in this world can only be found in JESUS CHRIST. I Peter 1:3-4 declares, "Praise be to the GOD and Father of our LORD JESUS CHRIST! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by GOD's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time."
The only enduring hope in his world is the hope that one experiences when he/she places his/her faith in JESUS. Relationships change. Careers end. Financial success fails. Only the hope you and I have in JESUS CHRIST endures.
In our Corona virus ravaged world, a virus that has wrecked havoc on peoples' hopes, followers of JESUS maintain their hope. Believers embrace Romans 8:18 as their hope. "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us."
In our hope deprived world, let's allow the hope of JESUS CHRIST to shine through our lives to those who live in the darkness of hopelessness. After all, JESUS CHRIST is our - and the world's - only hope!