Proverbs 13:12

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

They say hope dies last. However, when this happens the consequences are far-reaching. Confusion, disappointment, disbelief, bitterness and cynicism are progressively born in the heart of those who have lost hope.

King David describes this state when he asks the question that is found in the famous verses from the Bible: “Why are you faint for me, my soul, and why are you weeping within me?” (Psalm 42:6)

What are the possible reasons for losing hope? This question is not difficult to answer. We live in a fallen and broken world. Accidents, illnesses, loss of loved ones, unrequited love and other life complications are an integral part of one’s daily experience. In this world, where we struggle to build something that collapses very easily, many people can be diagnosed with the syndrome of a ‘shriveled soul’.

Another reason for losing hope is unrealistic expectations. It seems that the new generations demand that life deliver them much more than they are willing to put in the effort. As this does not happen, we constantly hear how young people are anxious, depressed and without hope. Is there a solution, we ask?

David offers it to us firsthand, because he answers his own question. He says: “Trust in God, because I will praise him again, my salvation, my God!” (Psalm 42:6)

Are we ready to put our trust in God and his promises? Whether we are dealing with the consequences of our unrealistic expectations or something beyond our control, he is the one who can restore our much-needed hope.

Father, I come to you, source of all life. My life has real meaning only in you. Give me the strength to accept brokenness, both of this world and my own. Free me from unrealistic expectations and teach me how to put my trust in you and your promises.

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