In a moment of turmoil and of hardship; when every hope seems to be at a lost, God always has a way to shine through. No matter how dark the circumstance or how sticky things are turning out, the Lord always makes his entrance known. Take or instance when Jesus died at the cross his disciples found themselves in a room filled with sadness, hopelessness and confusion. All the promises Jesus had made to them were as if they never had been spoken. But, all hope was not yet lost it so happens that after Jesus rose from the dead he appeared to several people include two who were on their way to Emmaus and he opened the scriptures to them (Lk24:32). The bible tells us that God is near to the broken hearted (Ps.37:14-20). Hopelessness is a state of despair where a remedy seems to be out of sight and out of mind, kind of like what job felt (Job 7:6). In order for one to come out of hopelessness there needs to happen signs of what one is expecting beyond a reasonable doubt something that will take ones faith to an escalated level as Luke describes in Hebrews 11:1; that faith is evidence of that which is not seen. God’s hand is not shortened, he still saves (Is. 59:1).
36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
When Jesus appeared to his disciples that upper room it was as if they had seen a ghost; there hopelessness messed with their minds, and made them confuse the glory of God for something from the spirit world. And, the first thing Jesus says to the disciples is peace, now peace is the introductory agent to defeating hopelessness. Jesus appeared to the disciples as himself not as an angel or some other figure, so the disciples had no reason to think that he was a ghost. Despair allows us to see things not the way they are intended. Jesus gave his disciples that circumstantial evidence that they needed to get out of hopelessness; he had them touch his wounds and he ate in front of them (Lk24:39-43). Such demonstration crushed that spirit of hopelessness, Jesus’ resurrection power from the dead caused his disciples to regain their faith. But, to secure his disciples from ever feeling hopeless Jesus opened their understanding to the scriptures (Lk24:45).