Hopelessness can stop us dead in our tracks, but hopelessness never has to get the last word. It's not the desire of any person to arrive at a place without hope. It can be true that people grow comfortable in a state of hopelessness, but no one has to stay there. Hopelessness can feel like the end of the road, but God! If there is the slightest breath in us, God wants to speak a word of life into our soul. Hopelessness never has to get the last word.
Hopelessness is the result of tough circumstances and an apparent inability to believe that God can change it. Getting into a funk is rather easy. We can see injustice, feel personal pain, and even have seasons when it feels like God is either deaf, impotent, or both. We must remember that feelings of hopelessness is never a problem, staying there is. God has provided a way of escape, that hopeless people have leaned into for thousands of years. These are some practical and powerful words: "Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God." So it's a forced internal perspective shift. And when this shift happens, it changes everything. But this shift can't happen until we know a subtle truth about hopelessness.
Hopelessness is not a measure of weakness, it's a measure of untapped strength. That's right. As long as we attempt to pull ourselves out of the ditch of hopelessness we will continue to slide back in. In truth, the more God is out of the equation, the more we will most certainly feel a sense of hopelessness. This is where an internal shift must happen.
We need to drag our eyes to see God again - even in the small things. We must lift our voice and praise God again - even if the sound is faint. And we must thank God for our salvation, even though the circumstances may shout something different. This is not a mind game, it's a forced perspective change. It says, "I won't sit in a dark room any longer". Will the hope return over night? Yes, glimmers of hope will come in the morning if we chose to put our hope in God!