Hope After Hopelessness
Written by: Taylor DiPaola
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He said, “It is finished!” Then He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.
- John 19:30
They felt small, standing before God with the taste of the fruit still on their tongues and new knowledge running through their minds. The world looked the same: the birds still chirped happily, and the plants still held abundant, delicious fruit. And yet, everything was different.
A sickening feeling coiled deep inside them. They knew that they had done wrong. They knew that absolutely nothing was the same as it had been just that morning. They turned their faces from God while the shame settled in further.
When God came to speak to them, their once uplifting, honorable speech turned into gross denial and blaming. Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the serpent, and the serpent simply looked to God. It knew that it had sinned by going against its Creator to side with God’s adversary. It no longer spoke tempting words but listened to its judgment.
As God declared His judgment, something bizarre occurred. No longer were God’s words directed at the serpent, but rather, they were directed at the one still hiding behind the serpent—the adversary.
“‘I will cause hostility between you and the woman,’ God said, ‘and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike His heel’” (Genesis 3:15).
Could God truly be promising redemption for mankind?
Perhaps Eve looked up as hope began to combat the shame inside her heart. Perhaps both she and Adam began to understand that while nothing would ever be the same again, God had not given up on them.
Neither has God given up on you or me. He gives us the same promise of redemption that He gave to Adam and Eve, a promise that He fulfilled two thousand years ago.
On a rough, wooden cross at Golgotha, Jesus, the perfect and sinless One, became the “last Adam” (1 Corinthians 15:45). He took on the sin and shame of all mankind and, with His blood, redeemed any man, woman, or child who would believe in Him. When He rose three days later, His promise in Genesis 3:15 had been fulfilled: the adversary had been overcome.
Though we still live in a broken world, we can have hope despite the sinful fall of Adam, Eve, and all mankind. Regardless of what sins we have committed or how hopeless our situation seems, God has given us His redemption, restoring those of us who believe in Him to a proper relationship with Him, free from eternal death and separation from Him. He encourages us to do right while opening His arms to hold us when we hurt. He draws us near to Him and teaches us to trust Him better every day.
Because of Him, we have hope in the face of hopelessness, just as Adam and Eve did so many years ago.
1. What do you think of God’s promise of redemption in Genesis 3:15?
2. How can you find hope in God after facing hopelessness?
Dear God, I thank You for giving mankind Your promise of redemption through Your Son, Jesus. Please continue to give me hope when I face hopelessness and strength to live for You in this broken world. Thank You for being ever good, faithful, and true. I love You. In Your name, amen.
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