The feeling of helplessness can be a good thing if it forces us to depend upon God, making Him the object of our focus. Job 5:15
Moreover, helplessness can position people who do not know Jesus Christ (who is hope) to receive Him as Lord of their lives.
But for His children, even if you feel helpless, you are not. For God has promised to never leave you helpless:
"for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down" ---Hebrews 13:5 amp
In scripture, God encourages ("take courage") all who place their hope in Him. "Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the LORD. --Psalms 31:24
For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Sciriptures we might have hope. -- Romans 15:4
Everyone, saved or unsaved, hopes. But many place their hope in their own abilities, their money, their position, their "self." The Bible tells us that this is really false hope. Psalms 33:17; 1Timothy 6:17
And it is easy to think that some people will always remain hopeless in Christ. Never think that someone who does not know Jesus now will remain hopeless as long as they are alive: Ecclesiastes 9:4
"For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with peerseverance we wait eagerly for it." --Romans 8:24-25
"And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us."
Read: Luke 8:15; Romans 2:7; Romans 12:11-12; Romans 15:4; Ephesians 6:18; 2Thessalonians 1:4; 1Timothy 6:11; James 1:12; 2Peter 1:5-8
Torrey’s Topical Textbook
In God Psalms 39:7; 1Peter 1:21.
In Christ 1Corinthians 15:19; 1Titus 1:1.
In God’s promises Acts 26:6,7; Titus 1:2.
In the mercy of God Psalms 33:18.
Is the work of the Holy Spirit Romans 15:13; Galatians 5:5.
Hope obtained through
Grace. 2Thessalonians 2:16.
The word. Psalms 119:81.
Patience and comfort of the Scriptures. Romans 15:4.
The gospel. Colossians 1:5,23.
Faith. Romans 5:1,2; Galatians 5:5.
The result of experience Romans 5:4.
A better hope brought in by Christ Hebrews 7:19.
Hope described as
Good. 2Thessalonians 2:16.
Lively. 1Peter 1:3.
Sure and steadfast. Hebrews 6:19.
Gladdening. Proverbs 10:28.
Blessed. Titus 2:13.
Hope makes not ashamed Romans 5:5.
Hope triumphs over difficulties Romans 4:18.
Hope is an encouragement to boldness in preaching 2Corinthians 3:12.
Are called to hope. Ephesians 4:4.
Rejoice in hope. Romans 5:2; 12:12.
Have all, the same hope. Ephesians 4:4.
Have hope in death. Proverbs 14:32.
Should abound in hope. Romans 15:13.
Should look for the object of hope. Titus 2:13.
Should not be ashamed of hope. Psalms 119:16.
Should hold fast to hope. Hebrews 3:6.
Should not be moved from hope. Colossians 1:23.
Should continue in hope. Psalms 71:14; 1Peter 1:13.
Hope connected with faith and love 1Corinthians 13:13.
Objects of Hope
Salvation. 1Thessalonians 5:8.
Righteousness. Galatians 5:5.
Christ’s glorious appearing. Titus 2:13.
A resurrection. Acts 23:6; 24:15.
Eternal life. Titus 1:2; 3:7.
Glory. Romans 5:2; Colossians 1:27.
Hope leads to purity 1John 3:3.
Hope leads to patience Romans 8:25; 1Thessalonians 1:3.
Seek for full assurance of Hope. Hebrews 6:11.
Be ready to give an answer concerning hope. 1Peter 3:15.
Encouragement to hope Hosea 2:15; Zechariah 9:12.
Encourage others to hope Psalms 130:7.
Happiness of hope Psalms 146:5.
Life is the season of hope Ecclesiastes 9:4; Isaiah 38:18.
The wicked have no ground for hope Ephesians 2:12.
Hope of the wicked
Is in their worldly possessions. Job 31:24.
Shall make them ashamed. Isaiah 20:5,6; Zechariah 9:5.
Shall perish. Job 8:13; 11:20; Proverbs 10:28.
Shall be extinguished in death. Job 27:8.
Hope illustrated by
An Anchor. Hebrews 6:19.
A helmet. 1Thessalonians 5:8.
David. Psalms 39:7.
Paul. Acts 24:15.
Abraham. Romans 4:18.
Thessalonians. 1Thessalonians 1:3.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.