Hope in God in Hopeless Times

by Jack Wellman · Print Print · Email Email

The times we live in are so troubled.  People losing their jobs, the stock market falls, natural catastrophes, and uncertainty in what the future holds.  In today’s economy there is little to hope  for the future however God is never caught off guard or by surprise.  God knows the future.  You are not the only one that has felt that there is no hope.  Even Bible heroes had their times when they wanted to give up.  Job, Moses, Jonah, Jeremiah, even the powerful prophet in the Old Testament, Elijah.

Humans have definitions of hope that are different from God’s.   We might hope our team wins the Super Bowl, or we might hope we don’t lose our jobs or our house.  But the biblical definition of hope is not a hope-so but a know-so.  Our hope in God is surer than the sun rising in the morning.  Just read these verses of hope and put yourself or your own name in the place of “I” or “we”.  Where is hope found?  It is in the Bible, the Word of God.  Psalm 119:74 “I have put my hope in your word”, in Psalm 119:81 “… I have put my hope in your word”, and in Psalm 130:5  “… in his word (The Bible) I put my hope”.

Here is real hope.  When a person reads the Word of God (Bible) they can know for certain that they have a secure and certain future for God will never allow us to suffer beyond our own capabilities to handle it.  There is nothing on this earth more certain than hope in God.  He will never leave us nor will He ever forsake us.  He is our anchor in the present and for the future.

Redemptive Hope

Put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. Psalm 130:7

If you are a believer you can rest assured that God’s love is unfailing and He will deliver us in the days of calamity.  He has rescued the born-again believers from certain judgment and promised us an eternal home with Him.  Instead of using ink, God has signed this redemption with Jesus’ own blood which seals you permanently.  When our hope is in the Lord and not in us, it is a rock solid hope.

Gift of Hope

For you have given me hope. Psalm 119:49

We know that there is always hope when we trust in God for He has given us His Holy Spirit to seal us as we read in Ephesians 1:13, “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.”

Future Hope

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11

God had plans for you.  You can bank on that.  His plans are not intended to harm you but to prosper you.  Now this does not mean that He plans to make you rich but He does plan for you to have a secure future.  God says that He has plans for you and He knows them even if we do not.  Your stockbroker or financial adviser might have plans for you too, but they do not know the future, they may try to plan for a secure future but they do not have the ability to bring it about.  God knows your future and is planning it better than anyone else can, ever ourselves.

Hope is for now, it is for today, and it is for tomorrow too.

Hope is for now, it is for today, and it is for tomorrow too.

Unending Hope

Put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore. Psalm 131:3

Hope is for now, it is for today, and it is for tomorrow too.  Jesus clearly tells Christians that He will never leave us, never forsake us, and will never, ever caste us away (John 6:37).  This promise is for tomorrow morning, next week, and next year.  This hope is the believer’s hope that covers their entire life.  It is without end and will stay with us until Jesus comes for us.

Lovely Hope

The LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. Psalm 147:11

I am a father and grandfather.  My children have troubles.  They come to me for advice.  I am always offering them hope that all things will work out for their best despite what today may seem like (Romans 8:28).   I delight when they come to me with their troubles.  So too does the Lord delight when we put our hope in Him and His unfailing love.  He wants us to depend upon Him for everything.  He delights to give us the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4).

Unashamed Hope

No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame… Psalm 25:3

If we have our hope in the right place, that is not in ourselves, our jobs, our circumstances, but in God alone, we will never be disappointed.  We will never be ashamed for placing our hope in Him because He has the power to deliver us out of all our troubles.  We do not posses that power.  Our 401K does not have such power.  God owns the whole earth, He owns every animal in the forest, and He is the owner of the cattle on a thousand hills as Psalm 50:10-11 says, “for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the insects in the fields are mine.”

Guiding Hope

Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:5

We are finite creatures and can not look beyond today but God has planned every step we take.  He guides us and protects us, even in areas where the dark shadows of death seem imminent in the lowest valleys (Psalm 23).  We might plan our own course but God Himself determines where our steps go (Proverbs 16:9).

Courageous Hope

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD. Psalm 31:24

If we are not a believer, then we have only hope in this world and among men are most miserable.  But if we are Christians, then we can take heart and be courageous because God is our hope.  When God is your hope you have a sure thing.  When it is in the world, then we are consumed with worry because we don’t know what comes next.  Those who have hope in God have hope in the only One Who can guarantee our future.

Reverent Hope

But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, Psalm 33:18

When we hear the words “fear in the Lord” or “those who fear him” this is not a fear of punishment or retribution.  Fear is simply a reverential respect and standing in awe of God.  That is what “fear of the Lord” means.  It means that those who reverence God and His name have nothing to fear at all; no evil, no pestilence, no begging for bread, and no fear of want.  His unfailing love is upon those that fear or revere Him:  His love never fails and His eyes are fixed on you in a permanent gaze that is transfixed upon your today and your tomorrow.  You are the apple of His eye (Deuteronomy 32:10, Zechariah 2:8).

Protective Hope

We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. Psalm 33:20

Our hope in God is a shied of life.  Not only a shield in eternal life but in the present life.  He is our help when we need it and our shield when we need protecting.  God alone is our help and our shield.

Sovereign Hope

But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. Psalm 39:7

When we look to ourselves, our employer, our retirement fund, or our inheritance, we can not fully hope with 100% certainty.  But what do we look for when our Hope is in God?  We know that even our employer’s decisions are in God’s sovereign hands.  Proverbs 21:1 says, “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes.”  The king thinks he might be in charge, or the boss might think he or she is making their own decision, but in God’s sovereignty, they do nothing that is not in God’s divine plan for us.  They are subject to the Lord’s will whether they know it or not.

...  when hope is in God we have reason to praise our Savior and our God.

… when hope is in God we have reason to praise our Savior and our God.

Praiseworthy Hope

Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:11

(These are repeated in Psalm 42:5 and Psalm 43:5)

Here the Psalmist examines his own heart in asking, Why am I so downcast? Why am I so disturbed? When really he has no reason to be because when hope is in God we have reason to praise our Savior and our God.  If you do not know Christ, then I would agree that there is every good reason to be downcast, to be depressed, and to be so disturbed.  The world is the most uncertain place to live in today above any other day but not so for those whose hope is in God.

Restful Hope

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. Psalm 62:5

I have often times wrestled with tomorrow while I lay down to sleep.  The many “what if’s” haunt my mind and do not allow me to sleep as I rehearse the day’s events and worry about what happens tomorrow if….  But worrying about tomorrow is borrowing trouble from tomorrow and spending it on today.  When you realize that tomorrow is already taken care of by God alone and the hope you have in Him, then you can find rest.  It is easier to sleep tonight if you know tomorrow is in God’s hands.

Hope In God Bible Verses

If you are feeling hopeless and worried about tomorrow, next week, or even next year read the rest of these verses and see how far having hope in God goes:

Psalm 65:5   You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness, O God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas

Psalm 69:6   May those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me, O Lord…

Psalm 71:14   But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.

Psalm 71:5   For you have been my hope, O Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth.

Psalm 9:18   But the needy will not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish.

Romans 12:12   Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Psalm 9:18  But the needy will not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish.

Job 11:18    You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.

Psalm 33:18  But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.

Psalm 33:22  May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.

Psalm 119:74  May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word.

For A Certain Future!

If you are not a born-again Christian then you have no hope in this present world.  Your future is uncertain and you have no idea what tomorrow may bring.  Decide right here and now, at this very moment, to fix your hope on the rock-solid promises of God and all of these verses can be literally claimed by you.  It is a promise from God Himself.  Today is your day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).  Here is how you can have a living, breathing hope.  Even if you have to print this out and read this on your knees, or you have to read it out aloud right now,  I ask that you would receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior today.  Do it right now and you have the assurance of hope in God for today, tomorrow, and for all eternity:

  • I Admit – that I am a sinner and in need of a Savior (Romans 6:23)
  • I Abandon – self-effort and realize I can not be saved by my works or efforts (Acts 16:31)
  • I Accept freely Christ’s payment for my sins, required of the Father (John 3:16)
  • I Acknowledge  Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior (Acts 4:12)

If you have just received Jesus, you have now received God’s inheritance rights since you are now a son or daughter of His and can never be lost again & live forever (John 10:28-29).  Now, join a Bible-believing church, or call 1-888-NeedHim (633-3446) for follow up questions about salvation that is only available through Jesus Christ.

Read some more about hope in this article:

Words of Hope

Resources – New International Version Bible (NIV) THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. YouTube video “Praise You in the Storm” by Casting Crowns.

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Prec. March 2, 2015 at 1:27 am

Thanks so much for your quick reply, kind words and prayers, Pastor Wellman!

My road of church life has been very rocky. Although I am not a social butterfly, I did o.k. (social interactions) at my former workplaces before this big mess. For some reasons, I did not know how to interact with other people in the church settings where I attended various churches on and off throughout my life. The way how you have been corresponding with other people and me here is something new to me (versus at a church).

Thanks for being so nice and understanding, Pastor Wellman!

It’s very challenging to be me. On the one hand, some people told me not to worry about it. It will make you go crazy. So, stop blaming yourself when you see people scratching. The thing is that I don’t feel as terribly itchy as some of these other people (if I feel itchy at all). On the other hand, other people identified me as the bad guy.

Yes, some of the people at the last church had some sort of skin reactions and were scratching away. I felt shunned.

Maybe God knows I am the “weakest link”, He uses this hardship to perfect my lack of certain traits.

One thing I question is that I don’t know how much more I can take. Can I really handle this “weight”?

You have no idea how much I appreciate your listening and presence, Pastor Wellman.


Jack Wellman March 2, 2015 at 8:39 am

Thanks friend…I can’t believe that they would say you passed on the fogginess or the tiredness to them. Wow…that is disappointing in these people. You take heart friend that God uses most powerfully those who the world most lease regards. God has a history of using what the world thinks are insignificant people but to Him, He doesn’t think that way and neither should we and I won’t. How much more can you take? God promises to never give us more than we can bear and I know you believe God. How much you can bear is only a question that God can answer.


Prec. March 2, 2015 at 1:34 am

The other blizzard thing is that a few of these people either directly or indirectly said I also passed them the tiredness and fogginess.


Prec. March 2, 2015 at 2:04 pm

Thanks again, Pastor Wellman!

Your post is very helpful because it teaches or reminds me of these truths:

• God is our hope
• God is sovereign
–>All people’s decisions are in God’s sovereign hands
–>We are all subject to God’s will whether we realize it or not
• We must trust and obey God
• Don’t get distracted with circumstances of life
• God is the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow
• No one or nothing is bigger than God
• Even if we forget to fix our eyes on Jesus, He will not stop fixing His eyes on us
• Our future is secure in Christ
• God guides and protects us
• Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. (Romans 12:12, NLT)


R March 25, 2015 at 10:01 am

When I hope in god to provide for my family, it is wrong to hope for the money to provide a place to live in, food to eat and to be able to pay my bills. When I pray I ask God for the money to be able to provide the things above. Its not the ” Money ” I pray for its the ” Money ” needed for the above. So confused.

I trust in him will all my heart


Jack Wellman March 25, 2015 at 10:16 am

May God richly reward you for your faith in Him and your faithfulness in trusting Him “R” and I will surely pray that God provides for you my friend.


Ryan March 25, 2015 at 12:09 pm

Thank you Jack,

God bless you


Jack Wellman March 25, 2015 at 12:12 pm

I do hope this article helped you my brother. Jesus told His disciples to not worry about their life because there’s a lot more to life than what we’ll wear or what we’ll eat (Matt 6:25) yet I tend to gravitate to that. It is my natural tendency to worry. I have to resist this. The late pastor and Bible teacher, Adrian Rogers, once said that 85% of the things that we worry about never come to pass and the other 15% are things that are out of our control so why worry about something that will never happen and if it does, and you can’t change it, why worry? If you can change any of that 15% of things then change it and if you can’t, why worry about what you can’t change? Of course, he is exactly right. We can’t even add a single hour to our life by worrying (Matt 6:27) and in fact, worry can actually shorten our life span. Jesus rebuked Martha about worrying over the unimportant things in life (Luke 10:41) and seek out what the true priority is in life and do that (Luke 10:42).


Ryan March 30, 2015 at 1:40 pm

Hello again Jack, Hope all is well and you have been blessed. So here is my question, when we “Trust in the Lord with all our hearts…” Proverbs 3 5-7. At times I find myself feeling guilty of just sitting and waiting and feel that I should be doing my part, such as looking for a Job I should be sending out my Resume, so then I feel that if I am sending out my resume that I am not truly trusting God with all my heart, as I am taking it back into my own hands and God is looking at this as Do i really “Trust” in him, Do I may any sense here at all?

sujith July 23, 2015 at 3:31 pm

dear pastor, I am in the darkest days of my life having lost all hope in God. we have been trying to have children for the past 7 years and I am now at a stage wherein I had lost all hope..All the promises that I received from GOD seemed pointless..Why should i still believe in him?Why should i still believe in his promises when all i received was disappointment??I am having a grudge, bitterness towards GOD.Devil within me is forcing me to hate him, questioning my faith?questioning his Goodness? after reading your article, i felt that though I walk through the valley of shadow of death, i should not fear evil but be of good courage…Please pray for me to overcome my feeling of hopelessness…


Jack Wellman July 23, 2015 at 3:44 pm

Amen to your prayer request my friend. There is hope as long as we draw breath. God is not done with you. He never leaves you or forsakes you. I trust Him like no other. I would also speak with your pastor about this and see what he recommends. Praying with you my friend………


Dan Williams September 27, 2015 at 10:10 pm

Hi Pastor. I am in a similar situation to a lot of the people that comment here. I know Jesus. That I know. What I don’t understand is why God puts us in situations that seem beyond our ability to cope. I am at an age where I thought I would be looking at retirement to do more in the ministry. Finances as they are do not allow that. In addition to finances I apparently and admittedly have not been nice (emotionally) to my family. I have expected them to help and they can’t apparently because I am so bad. I am facing inpatient therapy for depression and hopelessness. I am thankful that I have time available to do this and insurance to pay for it.

What I am most concerned about is how to deal with life when I return. I understand that this is a future issue and there is no way to understand that. Please if nothing else pray as I am at my wits end in hopelessness.


joyce November 11, 2015 at 8:58 pm

I am so far in debt I don’t know how to get out. I have prayed to God for help. I feel like giving up.I don’t know why my prayers are not answered. I need help.


Jack Wellman November 11, 2015 at 9:15 pm

Hello Joyce. These are times when I feel so useless. All I can tell you is I will pray for your situation. Have you spoken with your pastor? Some churches have emergency “deacon funds” to help. That won’t solve your debt problem but you can also ask the members of the church to pray for you about this as an unspoken needs to keep it private. God’s ways are sometimes hard to figure out.


Jack Wellman March 30, 2015 at 1:46 pm

Hello again Ryan. You must send out your resume. Why wouldn’t you be trusting God by sending out your resume? You remember when Jesus healed people? Many times He asked them to go and wash your eyes out in the water…or pick up your bed and walk. God will not do for us if we don’t do something ourselves. God will help those if they are trying to help themselves. If you don’t send out resumes, how can they know about you? Even Paul said “How can they know unless someone is sent and how will they believe unless they hear?” so Paul never just waited for God to send lost souls to him, Paul worked and labored for the Lord. You do make sense but you must not count as a lack of trust putting out effort to get a job. God puts doctors on the earth and we must go to the doctor when we’re sick and it’s not a lack of faith to go to the doctor, it’s a lack of common sense not to go. Make sense?


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