Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken. – Psalm 62:5-6
Several famous people were asked what they felt was the saddest word in the English language. Listen to what some of them said:
- “But,” said Lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II.
- Writer John Dos Passos quoted John Keats: “Forlorn! The very word is like a bell.“
- Statesman Bernard M. Baruch said: “Hopeless.“
- President Harry Truman quoted John Greenleaf Whittier: “For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: ‘It might have been!”
“But”, “forlorn”, “hopeless”, “it might have been” . . . together these words describe the heart of a person without Christ. What a contrast these sad words make to the promises of God.
In Jesus Christ, a forlorn, hopeless heart haunted by “buts” and “it might have beens” is transformed into a heart of hope and purpose. Be encouraged by God’s specific promises of joy and hope of transformation for your life.
– Steve Arterburn
When hope is taken away from the people, moral degeneration follows swiftly after. – Pearl S. Buck