Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.

Ezekiel 37:11

I hate losing things. I can gather a lot of receipts but lose the one I need. I can put things in a special place so I can find it later and then forget where I placed it. I’ve lost clothing items, shoes, money, and all sorts of things that have caused me great inconveniences. Losing things may be annoying, but losing hope is devastating.

As believers, we are marked as different from others because of our ability to express hope even when all seems lost. We’ve learned to find our hope in the Bible, in prayer, in spiritual songs, or in fellowship with other believers. When we do these things with a clean heart and with consistency, our hope tends to always be near.

Our hope can be lost when we’ve neglected any of the above for a long period of time. It’s so easy to stop having regular prayer and having reasons for skipping out of church and/or Bible study. Satan, the world, and our flesh will always provide great excuses for neglecting the activities of our faith.

Hope is lost when we lose our connection with God in regular and intense times of prayer. We randomly go throughout our day without stopping to talk to Jesus about it. Many times we find ourselves in a rough patch and are confused on how we got there.

Hope that is lost can be found as soon as we turn from seeking a life of pleasing ourselves towards a life of pleasing God. True hope is evident in our lives as we press our way throughout the day knowing that God has a plan and purpose for us to accomplish.


Dear Lord, my heart is heavy with hopelessness. Fill me with Your Spirit and give me the power to move forward in hope today because of Your love for me. Amen.

In His Service,

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