Finding Hope When All Seems Lost
To hope is to anticipate, to confidently expect something good is going to happen!!!
When we have HOPE we have something to look forward to.
But to be without hope is an awful thing.
Proverbs 13:12 (NLT)
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.
Hopeless people live with a sense of dread, doubt, distrust & fear.
Hopeless people are sick on the inside. Heart sick.
If you are hopeless today, I’ve got good news for you…you can find hope when all seems lost.
How A Sick Woman Found Hope When All Seemed Lost
I want to show you 3 things today that will help you find hope when all seems lost.
And I want to share a story with you about a woman who had lost hope.
In her story we find a ray of sunshine, a glimmer of hope even though it seemed all was lost.
It’s the story of the woman with an issue of blood.
Suffering caused her to be open to a different way of thinking.
Mark 5:25-26 (NLT)
25 A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. 26 She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse.
Notice how long she suffered - 12 years
Notice how how often she suffered - constantly
Notice the price she paid from suffering - all she had
Notice the results of her suffering - she got worse.
Notice the public shame of her suffering - unclean, she could not go to the temple and everyone she touched because unclean.
She was sick, broke and an outcast socially in society. Broken. Hopeless.
However, her constant suffering became the motivation for to find answers outside of the ordinary. She tried ordinary and it didn’t work.
There was a greater purpose for her pain.
Her suffering is what caused her to seek Jesus.
How about you, are you suffering today?
Are you wondering why you are suffering?
Could it be that this pain in your life is creating an opportunity for you to find a different answer to you problem than you were expecting?
Don’t underestimate the power of pain.
By seeing your suffering differently, it might be your doorway into a brand new life that is full of hope.
She heard about Jesus and began seeking Him Desperately
Mark 5:27-28 (NLT)
27 She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. 28 For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”
All seemed lost for this woman…but…she heard about Jesus.
What did she hear?
She heard he was a healer,
she heard he was powerful,
she heard he was accessible.
And she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed”
In the midst of her suffering, shame and pain…when all seemed lost, she heard about Jesus and she thought to herself…I NEED TO TOUCH HIM!
Hope has a name, his name is Jesus.
If you seek him with all your heart, you will find him.
And when his power touches your life, you will never be the same.
Allow your suffering to cause you to desparately seek Jesus.
Her Faith In Jesus Brought About An End To Her Suffering.
Mark 5:29-34 (NLT)
29 Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition.
30 Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?”
31 His disciples said to him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’”
32 But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”
Immediately the bleeding stopped.
Immediately she had hope again for a normal life.
Jesus power made the difference for her, and Jesus power can make the difference in your life too.