Pastor Rick Warren often says in his sermons, “You’ve gotta have hope to cope!” He said it so often that it’s stuck in my head, and in my low moments, it pops back up to the surface.

He’s absolutely right. When I’ve been at my worst and have thought the absolute worst are the moments in which I’ve felt a sense of hopelessness.

Hopelessness is like slipping over the edge of a deep, dark cavern. The light begins to fade and no matter how hard you scramble, you can’t seem to find any hope to hang onto.

But the Bible contains a special prayer about hope. The Apostle Paul writes to the believers in Rome,

Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with his super-abundance until you radiate with hope!

~ Romans 15:13 TPT

The picture is of God as an overflowing fountain of hope who fills us with enough hope that it not only satisfies us, but spreads to others around us. The God of hope creates hope inside of us, which radiates hope to others on God’s behalf.

In a previous devotional, we talked about the power of faith – affirming and declaring things that are true even when you don’t feel them emotionally. There’s a connection between our faith and our hope. The truths that we affirm by faith become the lifelines we grab hold of in our deepest moments of desperation.

Regardless of the source of the suffering your soul may be going through, hope is absolutely essential. As water and air to the body, hope is to the mind and heart and soul.

Never, ever give up on what you know to be true about you. Keep hoping even when all hope seems lost.

Declare it now: I will never, ever stop hoping!

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