Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, April 18th, 2020
Hope: When Its Gone
Oh, that I might have my request,
That God would grant me the thing that I long for!
That it would please God to crush me,
That He would loose His Hand and cut me off!
Then I would still have comfort;
Though in anguish I would exult,
He will not spare;
For I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.
What strength do I have, that I should hope?
And what is my end, that I should prolong my life?
Job 6:8-11 (NKJV)
I've been through times when hope seemed to be gone, when I could see no way to move forward-- especially before I found Jesus. But even now, thirteen years into Christ, I endure attacks of hopelessness... confirming my less-than-perfect status.

I'll never be holier than thou, nor pretend to be a master of faith. I write from obvious insufficiency. Only then are any of us worthy. Only then are we prepared for God's work.

I'm comforted to know I'm not alone-- that some of God's most wonderful heroes suffered similar bouts of hopelessness,* like Job.

Few among us have grieved as much as Job. In one day, he lost children, wealth and health. His wife's scornful reply? 'Curse God and die!' (Jon 2:9, NIV). His friends added insults to Job's injuries.

What what might we learn about hopelessness?

1) Even godly heroes can feel hopeless.
2) Depression can follow glorious wins.
3) Bible stars took their despair straight to God.
4) They didn't curse, blame or lose faith in Him.
5) God accepted their questions and soothed them.
6) We must take hopelessness to our Father.
7) He doesn't mind our gripes or self-pity.
8) Sometimes, friends and family do not help.
9) We must hold the course and expect breakthroughs.
10) For Christians to be hit by hopelessness is a sign that we're on a godly path.

## Hope: When Its Gone (Part 7)

* Short article: 7 Bible Figures Who Struggled with Depression

* Short article: Suicide: Bible People Who Wanted to Die

* Longer article: Mother Teresa's Crisis of Faith

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hope series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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