What's Your Source Of Hope?

Sunday, March 17, 2019

At the end of World War II, an American sub came back to Newport News, Virginia to dock. As it came into port, something terrible went wrong with the mechanism and it began to sink in the harbor. Divers were immediately dispatched to save the crew. As the divers swam around the sub, they heard a hammering noise. It was a sailor using Morse code on the hull from the inside wanting to know “Is there hope?” Several years ago we held a study series, “How God Meets Your Ten Deepest Needs.” The first lesson was “Where to Find the Hope You Need?" Dr. Harold Wolfe a professor at Cornell University in the medical school, did a study on the effects of hope on the human body. He studied 25,000 prisoners of war over an extended period of time to see what hope did to them and what difference it made. He discovered that out of those 25,000 POW’s, there was one group of men on whom the experience of being a POW had no effect at all, in spite of brutality, in spite of torture, in spite of solitary confinement, in spite of all kinds of inhumane abuse. When he studied that group, the one common denominator was an extraordinarily high level of hope. In his concluding study Dr. Wolfe said, “When a man has hope, he’s capable of bearing incredible burdens and curl punishment. But when hope is gone, people fall apart emotionally, physically and spiritually.” Some of you may be feeling like the sailors whose sub had sunk. Your current situation is weighing you down and you're hammering out prayer to God asking “Is there hope?” Romans 15:13 says, “May God, the source of hope, fill you with joy and peace through your faith in Him. Then you will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” God wants to be your source of hope.