Belligerence in the Midst of Hopelessness

Table of contents for The Best Hope is Not Seen

  1. Belligerence in the Midst of Hopelessness
  2. Enforcing Hope in Your Thought Life

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A lack of change in trying circumstances over an extended length of time often creates a feeling of hopelessness.

I have recently talked to a couple of different loved ones who are going through situations that are creating severe emotional struggles and feelings of hopelessness. Various difficult situations in each person’s life have gone on unchanged for so long that there is no visible sign of hope, no discernable way out of their trying circumstances. We have talked in previous posts about the necessity of positive thinking and speaking in an attitude of faith over one’s life; this is especially beneficial when one speaks the promises of God over one’s life. Scripture speaks of holding fast to what you confess in faith “without wavering (Heb. 10:23).” (The meaning in the Greek of this verse is wonderful. I’ll do a follow-up post on it.) The popular philosophy of Law of Attraction also promotes speaking out the positive changes in your life in an unwavering manner until you see them come to reality.

It takes a level of belligerence to hold on to hope.

I recall hearing a study on the news some years ago on people who lived to be over 100 years old. The sole factor they had in common was not any particular health habits but a decision to continue living life regardless of what tragedy they faced; they had a belligerence in their attitudes, believing that their lives would continue to be worthwhile regardless of the tragedies. In times of severe, extended trial, an attitude of belligerence in your faith or positive confessions is necessary. I have a note up on my window sill with the definition of “unwavering” in regard to faith and God’s promises. Unwavering includes: strong-willed, single-minded, stubborn, definite, untiring, unmovable, steady, constant, unswerving, committed, persistent, patient, determined, unshakable, purposeful, rock-solid, unfaltering, resolute, tenacious, persevering, unyielding, secure, calm, steadfast. My favorite terms out of that list are stubborn, unmovable, resolute, tenacious, and unyielding. I remind myself of the need to pull up from within that attitude of belligerence in holding fast to my confessions of faith when weariness and hopelessness attempt to gain a foothold during times of extended trying circumstances.

Another important concept to grasp during extended trial is that hope is not, and should not be, dependent on what we see.

While meditating on my loved one’s feeling of hopelessness due to a lack of positive change and a lack of seeing divine intervention, my mind flooded with various examples of people who experienced divine intervention after severe or extended trials. It common factor became apparent. In each of the examples in Scripture of God’s supernatural deliverance, the people involved were all in situations with no visible means of victory, yet victory, deliverance, relief did come! — For example, in Rom. 4 it says, “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed…Without weakening in his faith, he faced the facts [i.e. He could not “see” a possibility of victory but it did not weaken his faith.]…Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise.” When Daniel was falling into the den of lions, the same lions that later tore apart his enemies before their bodies hit the floor, there was no visible sign of divine intervention! If his faith was in what he saw instead of solely in the Word, he would have felt there was no hope (Dan. 6). It was the same with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego when they were being throne into a kiln by an insane, conquering king. Yet they said to that king in confidence, “Our God will deliver us from your hand…(Dan. 3)” When the Jewish nation was cornered with their backs to the Red Sea and the armed forces of their enemies who hated them surrounding on all sides–no way of escape–they definitely saw no hope and cried out to Moses, “Why did you bring us out here to die?” Yet Moses knew that hope was not in what he could see.

Situations in which no hope can be seen are the most common examples given in Scripture of when real hope, and subsequent divine intervention, existed.

Every person or people group in the above illustrations which received miraculous, divine intervention, were in situations that in the natural only showed signs of certain defeat. It was in those exact type of circumstances that the intervention came—not in circumstances where they could see any possible way out, any possible way to make things work. So, when you are in a situation in which you cannot SEE hope, that is not proof that hope does not exist; in fact, if you believe the illustrations in Scripture, such situations are make one a prime candidate for seeing how much hope does exist. Such a visibly “hopeless” situation is exactly the kind shown in Scripture to receive divine intervention! In fact, God refers to this concept in Rom. 8:24 where He says, “Hope that is seen is not hope at all.”

In the midst of extended, trying circumstances, do not let the lack of visible signs of hope create hopelessness. Be belligerent in your confessions of faith, confessions of the positive changes you need to see happen, especially those already promised to you in Scripture. Of course, continue to do whatever you should to be responsible in the situation, and “hold fast without wavering.”
Enforce on your thought life that your faith is not based on what you see.

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