Dear Friends, this is David Telbat. Thanks for joining us today for my Author Reflection. We sometimes struggle to hope when there seems no reason to hope. I love to write novels of perseverance in the face of tragedy, or of courage in the face of danger. But hope can be evasive when we’re in the midst of disheartening circumstances. A diagnosis of cancer, a sentence of death, or a trauma for which there seems no recovery—how can we hope in these moments? What do you say to your friend or loved one who needs hope?
Counterfeits in the World
God offers true hope to His followers, but things like hope have counterfeits in this world. When we face tragic circumstances, the world offers us pills or booze or spas or entertainment. These are meant to relax or distract the physical body, but the eternal soul needs enduring hope—something real to cling to rather than a fleeting band aid.
The truth is, there is nothing from the world I can offer my friend to heal his wounds of loss, of pain, of hopelessness—except to offer him the hope that is laid up for him in heaven.
Real Hope, Lasting Hope
In the ministry, I’m often approached by people searching for hope, or for how to recover their zeal for life after tragedy strikes. As a nonbeliever, for many years I had no hope to offer people—until I faced my own seemingly hopeless circumstances and sought to find True Hope.
The only hope that endures, the only hope worth sharing with broken hearts, is the hope of what is in store for us through Jesus Christ. The man whose spine is irreparably severed—we can offer him nothing to hope for in this world to fix his spine. The woman whose diagnosis is death within six months from brain cancer—we can pray for healing, but her hope needs to be in hard truths. The missionary who is discouraged after a final appeal before a beheading in a foreign land—he doesn’t need empty smiles or a thumbs-up with the platitude, “stick with it, buddy.” We all have death to face. We all need true hope, a guarantee.
People need the Truth
Anyone who lives a few years on this fallen earth will face hopelessness. What hope is there? We need the truth spoken to us, and the truth is that: life on earth fails. But God and His love endure forever. Some of us have no hope left in our worldly or physical situations. But there is a hope that is borne from the truth of the gospel—believing that God indeed has paid for our eternal redemption through His Son on the cross. There is life after this for those who believe.
Every man, woman, and child needs saving, and by God’s grace, we have hope through the seemingly hopeless situations. We must not sugarcoat circumstances, which will only diminish the rescue we each need. Rather, we must embrace the truth of our lost condition and cling ever tighter to the God of hope and comfort, Jesus our Redeemer.
“. . . Because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel . . .” Colossians 1:5 (NASB)
Don’t give up! God is faithful to perform His miracle of life after death for those who believe. Keep your eyes on the Hope that will not disappoint on that day.
See you on the next page.
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COMING UP: Join us next time for another Christian short story, “Useful Past,” by D.I. Telbat. And for the following post, learn some behind the scenes info on Distant Harm, in “Themes found in Distant Harm.”