Are You in a Hopeless Situation?

Daily Devotion Thursday July 13, 2017

 

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“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God”

Corrie Ten Boom

There is no single person who will never be faced with situations capable of erasing hope but those who will conquer such hopeless situations are those who will “never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”[1] When we trust our future which largely is unknown to God, we fulfil a biblical say that: “For we live by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7) and “faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we don’t see” (Heb. 11:1). When we live by sight, we are faithless and destined for hopelessness. This was the state of the remnant Jews in exile who lost hope of being restored to Jerusalem, who forgot the God they know and were burdened by the uncertainties of the future.

After being scattered in foreign countries—some to Babylonia, others to Egypt and others to surrounding nations for their wickedness, the Israelites lost hope. They said;

“Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off” (Ezekiel 37:11).

In his vision of the dry bones, God revealed to Ezekiel the state of Israel and sent him to the house of Israel to revive their hope. To make sure that the prophet himself is convinced of what God can do to house of Israel who have defined themselves as “dry bones”, the LORD God took Ezekiel to a valley full of dry bones. He then asked; “Son of man, can these bones live?” The Lord made the prophet to perform a miracle on these bones, to flesh them up and give them life to demonstrate what God himself would like to do to the house of Israel.

As Ezekiel prophesied to the dry bones, “there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone… and tendons and flesh covered them, but there was no life” (Ezekiel 37:7-8). Later, God commanded him to breath and prophesy life into the lifeless human form. As he did, “breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army” (Ezekiel 37:10). Then the LORD God said to him;

“Mortal man, the people of Israel are like these bones. They say that they are dried up, without any hope and with no future. 12 So prophesy to my people Israel and tell them that I, the Sovereign Lord, am going to open their graves. I am going to take them out and bring them back to the land of Israel. 13 When I open the graves where my people are buried and bring them out, they will know that I am the Lord. 14 I will put my breath in them, bring them back to life, and let them live in their own land. Then they will know that I am the Lord. I have promised that I would do this—and I will. I, the Lord, have spoken” (Ezekiel 37:11-14 GNT).

Dear friend, there is not any single situation out of hand that God cannot revive. I don’t know what you’re facing that is pushing you to lose hope. I don’t know the situations that are hard pressing you to the edge that you seem to be giving up. Recently I read a young man post on social media;

“The world of today is very difficult to get success, I am always struggling to be successful instead I encounter failures.”

Yes, we are here in this world of toil and sometimes our toils will appear as though unyielding. Amidst it all, we must “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” We might contract chronic illness that can easily rub off our hope, we might encounter losses in business that are so daunting, we may be faced by various hopeless situations but “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”

Above all, we must note that the Fall of mankind has put us at a very hopeless state. Even if we enjoy a perfect health, even if our businesses blossoms, whether we enjoy a perfect relationship with our loved ones, and that everything in life seems perfectly awesome; yet if our relationship with God is not restored, we remain in a very hopeless situation. Christ is the Hope of the world, “without Christ there is no hope” (Charles H. Spurgeon).

For to be “without Christ is to be without life, without strength, without safety, without foundation, without a friend in heaven, without righteousness. None so badly off as those that are without Christ!”[2] Are you in a hopeless situation? There is nowhere I can point you than to Christ, when you know him, you can trust to him your unknown future. Rev. J

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[1] Boom, Corrie Ten quoted in Wageman, Carole A (2017). The Light Shines Through: Our Stories are God’s Stories. New York: Church Publishing, p. 116.

[2] Ryle, J.C (2007). Holiness: Its Hindrances, Difficulties and Roots. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, p, 324.


Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture Quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version (NIV) 2011.

Rev. Julius Izza Tabi is the founding Director of this online New Dawn Ministries. He holds a Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues from the Norwegian School of Theology. Julius also is a pastor in the Anglican Diocese of Ma’di and West Nile of the Church of Uganda who believes that God’s timeless truth of salvation must be preached to all Nations. Help Donate here to support the New Dawn Ministries. You can also support this ministry by purchasing Julius’ popular books Triumphing Over Odds and Suffering and Pain? from Amazon. Thank you.

2 Comments

  1. Tnx quite Encouraging… Coz my life has been in situations like this… Hopeless, tiresome, fear of the future and all negatives in the World. Despite am job am enjoying nothing not even happiness
    Going to church am going but it seems something is stealing my happiness. PRAY FOR ME. And am still keeping faith

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  2. Thank Milka for your feedback on this message. I am happy to learn that it has encouraged you. I am also glad that despite the wearisome situations you are in, you still keeping the faith. Never quit, fight the good fight as you keep the faith. I as concluded the message; “There is nowhere I can point you than to Christ, when you know him, you can trust to him your unknown future.” I have added you to the list of people I mention every day in my prayers. I am persuaded God will brighten your future–look to him. I also ask you to subscribe to this site to receive daily devotions. In case you need more detailed help, check on the contact menu at the bottom of this site of how you can reach me. God bless you.

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