Have you ever lost hope? The children of Israel did. Ezekiel 37:11 says, “…Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off.”
The disciples lost hope. There is a great narrative in Luke 24. It was after Jesus had died on the cross. Two men were talking as they walked back to Emmaus. Jesus joined them. Verse 16 says, “But their eyes were restrained, they that they did not know Him.”
He asked them why they were sad. In verse 21 we read where their hope was laid. It says, “But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel…” Their hope was shortsighted. He rebuked them, and then gave them a great discourse. Verse 27 says, “And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.”
He captured their attention. When He started to leave them, they invited Him to stay with them. He broke the bread and gave it to them. Verse 31 says, “Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him…”
Despair is enemy-flak that obscures our vision. The enemy wants us to keep our eyes on our broken expectations so that we lose hope. The Lord uses our trials to develop character that will sustain us. He has called us to endure so that He is glorified.
Romans 5:3-4 says, “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Verse 5 clearly stated that it was hope which wouldn’t disappoint.
Our hope is our eternal anchor. 1 Peter 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
Jesus’ disciples missed it. They did not understand, though He told them repeatedly. They bemoaned that He had died and their hope was dashed. Yet, it is through His death, burial, and resurrection that all who believe will gain eternal hope that is sure, steadfast, and immoveable.