What is the Root Cause of Hopelessness?

The famous Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky expressed the heartrending despair of hopelessness when he penned these well-known words:

To live without hope is to cease to live.

Hell is hopelessness.

It is no accident that above the entrance to Dante’s hell is the inscription:

“Leave behind all hope, you who enter here.”

No human being or situation can fulfill all your deepest needs. Both people and situations change throughout our lives. You may have days of feeling satisfied, but the satisfaction is temporary, the glimmer of hope fleeting. Only God can provide you with the love, significance, and security for which your heart longs. And God stands ready to meet your deepest inner needs. This is His promise to you.

“My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

Change Your Belief and Attitude

  • WRONG BELIEF: “Nothing is meeting my real needs, and I have no reason to believe that will ever change. The future offers no hope for me.”
  • RIGHT BELIEF: “I refuse to base my hope on anything that can be taken away from me. My hope is in my unchanging relationship with Jesus, my Lord and Savior. He is my Need-Meeter. In Him I have found the love, significance, and security that I need to embrace this life and to anticipate my future life in heaven.”

“The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.” (Lamentations 3:25)


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June Hunt

June Hunt

June Hunt, M.A. Criswell College, is a biblical counselor whose award-winning radio program "Hope For The Heart" is heard on 900 radio outlets around the world. For more than 25 years, she has counseled people, offering them hope for today's problems. June has helped many people with emotional, relational, and spiritual problems experience God's love through biblical hope and practical help. Click here to find out more about Hope for the Heart.

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