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Hope for the Hopeless

Hope for the Hopeless

Hope for the Hopeless

This week’s verse from Psalm 1 describes people who are hopeless. They are different from the Christian who loves the Lord, loves His Word, and has the great hope of Heaven. In fact, God’s Word describes people who are without Christ as having no hope. Yet, the great promise from God is there is hope for the hopeless Note what Psalms 1:4 says…

The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Psalms 1:4

The entire premise of this psalm rests on the fact that God’s Word is the source of all blessings and happiness in a person’s life. The man or woman who chooses to meditate day and night in God’s law is the man or woman who will prosper. Therefore, true happiness is dependent upon on how serious we are in knowing and obeying God’s Word. God’s people should revel in their desire to know God’s Word.

However, the ungodly person cares nothing about it. In fact, the ungodly (those who have no personal relationship with Christ) cannot know or even understand God’s Word. Consequently, in a spiritual sense, they are totally devoid of spiritual prosperity. They are completely opposite of the person who loves the Lord and delight in His Word. Instead of being like the tree planted by a river which is healthy and fruitful, they are like chaff.

Chaff is the dry, scaly protective casings that form around cereal grains like wheat. At the time of harvest, the wheat is winnowed allowing the dry, scaly casings to be separated from the grain. Chaff is worthless. It is nothing more than trash. Its only purpose is to protect the kernels of grain until it has matured. Then, when the grain is ready, chaff becomes useless. Chaff does not grow or become healthy. Chaff is unable to reproduce. It comes. It goes. No one remembers or even cares for it.

God’s analogy of the ungodly indicates that a person devoid of a personal relationship with Him is worthless. According to Scripture, everyone is born already separated from God. Thus, each person is destined to live their life and die with no hope of eternal life and no hope of Heaven. Their destiny is an eternity without God in a place called Hell. Their life is meaningless and without purpose. They are like chaff which come and go. Nothing is gained. Such a life is a life without hope.

There are many who live that way today. They go through life each searching for purpose. They look for that purpose in many things. Things like their job, their family, or their hobbies. Yet, we all know that none of those are truly fulfilling. There are many who are aimlessly wandering through life. They dread each day. Each day just becomes another day and another step towards death. Death is unavoidable. And, with that in mind, they try to drown out their sorrow and their hopeless state by turning to things like alcohol, drugs, and entertainment. Yet, their feelings haunt them leading them to think that all is hopeless.

However, may I say to you that there is HOPE. You see the hope is that God can change all that. He can take your life and give it meaning. He can give you purpose. Instead of being chaff, God can completely change you. You can become like the tree planted by a river that is spiritually healthy and fruitful. Additionally, you can know with great surety that you will live eternally with Him.

Great spiritual change begins with you trusting the promises of God’s Word. Again, it is God’s Word upon which we must delight and meditate. Thus, you must accept and believe these four things from God’s Word…

  • God Loves You“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
  • Everyone is a Sinner“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
  • Sin Has a Price That MUST Be Paid“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
  • Jesus Christ Died and Rose Again to Pay for YOUR Sin“But God commendeth his love towards us, in that, while were yet sinners, Christ died of us.” (Romans 5:8)

If you simply pray and ask Jesus Christ, God’s Son, to be your savior and claim His promise of eternal life, you will be completely changed. In order to that, Scriptures says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” True blessing and happiness come when a person is obedient to God’s Word. You can experience that blessing and happiness by taking the first step of obedience and placing your trust in Christ as Savior.

We would love to help you. In fact, our greatest desire is to know Christ and make Him known at Calvary Baptist Church. For that reason, we would love to help you make sure of your relationship with God. Contact us and let us know how we can help you. Our email address is and our telephone number is 540.486.3434. It is our desire to help you know Christ and make Him known around the world.