HOPE VERSUS DESPAIR

INTRODUCTION

Hope versus despair is an essential part of a Christian's life; not mere expectation or desire, but that which includes trust, confidence, and refuge in the God of hope.  Scripture reveals that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).  The hope of a nation is not in man alone; however, God can use man to bring about His will.

Scripture asks a question:  "Why are you cast down (or in despair)? And why are you disquieted?  Hope you in God (Psalm 42:5).  Hope is linked with faith as identified in God's Word: Faith is the realization of things hope for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (Hebrews 11:6).

HOPE VERSUS DESPAIR
DOOR OF HOPE

I believe God has opened the door of hope for America; though a different form of leadership.  Scripture reveals that God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise; and the weak things of the world to shame the things which are mighty (1 Corinthians 1:27).

The selection of God is designed to silence the wisdom of man.  He counteracts the powers and institutions relied upon by man.  Hope versus despair greets those who are open to God's handiworkThe 33rd Psalm reveals:  The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nought: he makes the plans of the people of none effect. 

A REGATHERING

Hope comes into focus when God nurtures that hope.  America is in a dire need of a regathering to God.  Such a time was seen on America's 9/11 devastation.  Uncertainty came into focus at its initial offset.  Again, the words of the Psalmist:  "Why are you cast down (or in despair)? And why are you disquieted?  Hope you in God" (Psalm 42:5).

America rose from the ashes of 9/11 and there was a temporally regathering to God.  But when things begin to quiet down; and the fear dissipated, people began to put God aside once again. 

GOD'S DIVINE INTERVENTION

I believe God is attempting to bring America back to its former status in Him.  I believe that hope versus despair can only come though Him.  I believe it will take more than man to accomplish this; it will take God's divine intervention.

David could not have been victorious over the giant Goliath had not His faith been in God (1 Samuel 17:43-46) .  When it had not rained for a space of 3 1/2 years; the prophet Elijah could not have heard the sound of an abundance of rain had not God given it to him (1 Kings 18:41).  He would not have been victorious over 450 false prophets had God not been with him (1 Kings 18:38). 

SENSITIVE TO GOD'S DESIRE

Hope has been renewed to many.  However, it will take the hand of God to expound upon it; along with the people of the land being sensitive towards God's desire to do so.

A Sodom and Gomorrah influence would not be able to survive such a move of God.  The Babylonian lifestyle, mentioned in the Book of Revelation, would not be able to function in such an environment.  Hope versus despair will being such in captivity to the Word of God; His Spirit moving over the land, with repentance being the norm of the day.

The recipe for deliverance is found in the words addressed to King Solomon by God so very long ago:  "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14).

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