Where Do I Find Real Hope?

“May God, the source of hope, fill you with joy and peace through your faith in him. Then you will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 15:13 (GW)

At the end of World War II, a U.S. submarine came back to dock at Newport News, Virginia. As it came into port, something terrible happened, and the submarine began to sink. The Coast Guard was immediately dispatched to save the crew, and divers swam down to the submarine. As they approached it, they heard a sailor using a hammer to tap Morse code on the hull. His question: “Is there hope?”

That’s a fundamental question of life: Is there hope?

It’s asked every day by thousands of people in thousands of different ways:

  • When someone is sitting in the doctor’s office awaiting test results.
  • When a couple get nowhere despite months and months in counseling.
  • When talking to an accountant before walking into bankruptcy court.
  • When a family hears their child is missing.

You can go 40 days without food and around three days without water. You can go and estimated eight minutes without air. But you can’t go a single second without hope. It’s an essential part of life. When hope is gone, life is over.

Because hope is in such short supply in our society today, people fall for all kinds of scams. They trust in false hopes like astrology, big bank accounts, quack cures, or a steady career. Inevitably, those false hopes disappoint. In fact, nothing disappoints worse than false hope.

So where do you turn to find real hope? The Bible says turn to God.

In Romans 15:13, the Bible says, “May God, the source of hope, fill you with joy and peace through your faith in him. Then you will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (GW).

God is the only source of hope that’ll never disappoint. When you place your faith in him, he provides joy, peace, and hope that overflow.

You need that kind of hope.

God is always there. He’s in your past, in your present, and in your future. He’s with you in the good places. He’s with you in the evil places.

He is everywhere. And you are never, ever alone. Where God is, hope is.

Talk It Over

  • When do you have the most difficulty seeing God’s presence in your life?
  • How does knowing about God’s constant presence give you hope in the midst of despair?
  • How can you encourage another person with a reminder of God’s presence?

Where to find a hope that will not disappoint.

God proved his love for you through his Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 CSB).

Are you ready to trust God to fulfill his promise of eternal life? If so, start by praying this simple prayer:

“Dear God, I don’t want my sin to separate me from you any longer. You have promised that if I believe in Jesus, you’ll forgive me for everything I’ve ever done wrong, and you’ll accept me into your family and bring me to heaven one day to live with you for eternity.

“Jesus, I confess my sin, and I believe you are my Savior. I trust you when you say salvation comes by grace, through faith, and not by anything I do. I ask you to come into my life as my Lord. Today, I commit my life to you.

“I want to live the way you created me to live—at peace and rested—and to use the remainder of my life to serve you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”

If you just prayed to accept Jesus, please email me at [email protected] and let me know about it. I’d like to send you some free materials to help you start your journey with Jesus.

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