Tragedy can occur if we assume that a situation is hopeless when it is not. An East Detroit man made such a mistake. Thinking that he had contracted Lyme disease, he assumed that it was contagious and fatal, and the had passed it along to his wife.
Of course, Lyme disease is neither contagious nor fatal. But because he assumed it was, he shot his wife while she was asleep and then took his own life. According to The Detroit News, police said the man left a note saying he felt that this was the only way out of their desperate situation.
Israel made a similar tragic mistake. Time after time God’s people assumed that the Lord had led them into a blind alley of despair, and that they no longer had any good choices left. Over and over they made the mistake of thinking that bad circumstances amounted to a hopelessly fatal situation. The result was that they chose desperate courses of action that resulted in the loss of their own lives of their families as well.
We need to learn from Israel’s mistakes. As long as we have the ability to think and make choices, we have hope. As long as we have an opportunity to trust the Lord and wait on Him, we have an opportunity to see His ability to rescue us. – Martin R. De Haan II
The Christian’s hope is in the Lord,
He rests secure in His sure Word;
And though he’s tempted to despair,
He does not doubt that God is there. – D. J. De Haan
When life looks hopeless, look to the God of hope.
– July 31, 1990, Our Daily Bread