HOPE CAN BE ROBBED BY CIRCUMSTANCES! Often in life circumstances will try to rob you of hope. It is a battleground of hope in Christ. Even King David had his circumstances that robbed him of hope. In the Psalms David pleaded, “Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: Oh deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man. For thou art the God of my strength; Why hast thou cast me off? Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? (Psalm 43:1-2 ASV). David knew where his hope had to be placed and yet he had a tough time keeping his focus straight. We too can allow circumstances to rob us of hope. Let me just mention a few.
Disappointment can rob you of hope. This can be disappointment in yourself or others or God. Your expectations may not have been met and your hope just seemed to disappear. Misunderstanding can rob you of hope. You may misunderstand a person or an event and that will often rob you of hope. Impatience can rob you of hope. You think things should happen on your time- table and when they don’t you lose hope. Pain, physical or emotional, can rob you of hope. You don’t find any relief and you don’t see any answers for the future. Desperate situations can rob you of hope. You don’t see any possible solutions to your situation. We all face this sooner or later. Delayed answers to prayer can rob you of hope. Why does it seem God is not listening or answering? David struggled with this. Fatigue can rob you of hope. Sometimes just being tired and worn out can rob you of hope. Fatigue often keeps a person from having hope in the future. Fatigue will rob you of energy for living today and keep you from having a vision for the future.
Depression can rob you of hope. Depression can be a medical condition or a sin condition. Either cause of depression can rob you of hope. When you are at the bottom of the barrel looking up where is hope? I can rob myself of hope. My sinful attitudes, actions, thoughts or viewpoint can rob me of hope. My fears or doubts or past life patterns can cause me to be robbed of hope. Negative experiences can rob you of hope. These experiences can be with family, work, church or life in general. We can develop such a negative attitude that we lose hope that things will ever change. There are many other enemies of hope but let me give you one more. Ephesians 6:16 reminds us that the “flaming arrows of the wicked one” can rob you of hope. Satan is alive and well on planet earth and he wants to rob all of us of the hope we have in Jesus Christ. And Satan knows just where our weak spots are. But remember, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand” (by Edward Mote, 1797-1874). There is victory in Jesus over everything that would rob us of hope and tomorrow’s post will discuss that.