One of my biggest hopes after graduation was to move out on my own. When I was hired at PIU in September, I had full confidence that I would have an apartment before the end of October.
Spoiler alert: I have worked at PIU nearly nine months, and I didn’t move until three days ago.
In those nine months of waiting on a delayed dream, I often thought of “Harlem,” the iconic poem by Langston Hughes.
As I spent the past year waiting for my dream to be fulfilled, I saw my dream fall into each of Hughes’s scenarios. My dream traveled through the stages of shriveling, festering, rotting, crusting, and sagging.
When I look in Scripture, I see many God-followers who persisted through delayed dreams. Joseph was in jail for seven years, Israel wandered for forty years, and Anna waited over eighty years to meet the Messiah. Yet, all of these saints saw their dream fulfilled. Joseph was made second-in-command over Egypt, Israel entered the promise land, and Anna “gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem” (Luke 2:38).
These individuals were in despondent situations, but they were not hopeless. Their hope was built on Jesus’ faithfulness and His promises. Our hope must have the same foundation.
Ten Verses For When You Feel Hopeless
Most certainly, our only hope is Jesus Christ. We have hope because He has given us a new life. We have hope because He conquered death. We have hope because He is our Mediator to the Father. Because He lives, we have an ultimate hope that He will return and take us to live with Him eternally.
1. Hebrews 6:19
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,
2. Romans 5:5
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
3. John 16:33
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
4. Hebrews 11:1-2
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation.
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
6. Revelation 21:3-4
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
7. Colossians 3:4
When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
8. Hebrews 13:14
9. Philippians 3:20
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
10. I Thessalonians 4:16-18
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.