Can we have hope in the darkest of times? The answer is yes. David in Psalm 31 verse 24, despite the great distresses he was going through was able to say ‘Be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord’. David trusted in God and in Psalm 62 verse 6 he refers to the Lord as ‘my rock and salvation’.
Countless Christians who have turned from their wrongdoing and put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour have experienced the same hope. Horatio Spafford was a successful lawyer only to experience different tragedies including the loss of his four daughters at sea. Following these tragedies he wrote a hymn (c.1873) giving expression to his bitter sorrows but also his deep hope and comfort found in his Saviour Jesus Christ:
When peace like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know it is well, it is well, with my soul.
It is well, (it is well), with my soul, (with my soul)
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate, and hath shed His own blood for my soul.
My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought! My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more, praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
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