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How religion handles desperation

Updated on September 12, 2015

What does it mean to be desperate

There is a Hebrew word ya’ash, which means to be desperate. The word means to have no hope, to despair. Desperation then, is to be steeped in hopelessness.

To be desperate is to say, “I have no faith, and there is no avenue of redemption.

As believers we should not be hopeless because to be hopeless is to move into the world’s theatre or led by the flesh instead of by the spirit. You see you can’t be a believer and be hopeless at the same time because to believe means to have hope.

What does bible say?

Eph.2: 12 says, “That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.”

Those who are “without Christ” are reasonably correct when it is broadcasted that they have no hope. For a man cannot have hope as long as he remains a stranger to the promise of God. It is absolutely impossible. When he does receive the promise of God then to act hopeless is to act in unbelief.

Example from scripture

Desperation can be seen as one being at the end of oneself or at the end of the road. We see in the scriptures that there was a Roman centurion whose servant was in desperate need of healing. The text says that he was ready to die or he had come to the end of himself. But notice that even though he had come to the end of himself that it required faith to save him from death and he was not saved by his faith but by the faith of the centurion.

It was the centurion’s faith that caused Jesus to marvel and not the servants. At the times when we are at the end and ready to give up it’s someone else’s faith that “pulls us back into the boat” even though we get the opportunity to give the testimony.

1Cor.9: 10 says, “ For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope”.

We should ask ourselves this question, Is God desperate?

Is he a God that rings his hands and shuffles his feet in desperation?

The Conclusion

Then what is he like? In 1John4: 17 the bible tells us that,

Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the Day of Judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.”

In this verse “judgment” is from the Greek word krisis and means a separating, a trial, contest and a selection.

So I believe what it is saying here is that God loves us so much that he will allow trials to come to separate us unto himself so that we may have a mental vision of the image of Christ, for as Christ is, so are we in this world.


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