Daily Archives: March 2, 2007

Antonym of Despair is Hope!



(really long post disclaimer, grab a cup of coffee and sit awhile)

I was thinking while I was ironing, yes, I iron, everything! T-shirts, jeans, ok, I digress!
No more despair! It’s the key.
Im sure I knew this but, look at this ~

Dictionary.com Unabridged
de·spair  –noun
1. loss of hope; hopelessness.
2. someone or something that causes hopelessness: He is the despair of his mother. 
–verb (used without object)
3. to lose, give up, or be without hope (often fol. by of): to despair of humanity. 
–verb (used with object)
4. Obsolete. to give up hope of.
—Related forms
de·spair·er, noun
—Synonyms 1. gloom, disheartenment. Despair, desperation, despondency, discouragement, hopelessness refer to a state of mind caused by circumstances that seem too much to cope with. Despair suggests total loss of hope, which may be passive or may drive one to furious efforts, even if at random: in the depths of despair; courage born of despair. Desperation is usually an active state, the abandonment of hope impelling to a furious struggle against adverse circumstances, with utter disregard of consequences: an act of desperation when everything else had failed. Despondency is a state of deep gloom and disheartenment: a spell of despondency. Discouragement is a loss of courage, hope, and ambition because of obstacles, frustrations, etc.: His optimism yielded to discouragement. Hopelessness is a loss of hope so complete as to result in a more or less permanent state of passive despair: a state of hopelessness and apathy.
—Antonyms 1. hope.
Definition ~ greek
 to be utterly at loss, be utterly destitute of measures or resources, to renounce all hope, be in despair
Definition ~ hebrew  
to despair
(Niphal) to be despaired, be desperate
(Piel) to cause to despair interj
it is hopeless!
    ** I have hope now, after all those years of ‘feeling’ despair, hopelessness, discouragement and the sense of I had no where else to go but to die. (yes, I did want to die, many times)  there was no other option for me then. There was no other option for my family, they were better off without me.
BUT now:

2 Corinthians 4:8-11 –
8 we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing;
9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
10 always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
11 For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
Ecclesiastes 2:17-26 –
17 So I hated life, for the work which had been done under the sun was grievous to me; because everything is futility and striving after wind.

18 Thus I hated all the fruit of my labor for which I had labored under the sun, for I must leave it to the man who will come after me.

19 And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool ? Yet he will have control over all the fruit of my labor for which I have labored by acting wisely under the sun. This too is vanity.

20 Therefore I completely * despaired of all the fruit of my labor for which I had labored under the sun.

21 When there is a man who has labored with wisdom, knowledge and skill, then he gives his legacy to one who has not labored with them. This too is vanity and a great evil.

22 For what does a man get in all his labor and in his striving with which he labors under the sun ?

 23 Because all his days his task is painful and grievous; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is vanity.

24 There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen that it is from the hand of God.

25 For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him?

26 For to a person who is good in His sight He has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, while to the sinner He has given the task of gathering and collecting so that he may give to one who is good in God’s sight. This too is vanity and striving after wind.

Ps 42:5 –
Why are you in despair, O my soul? And {why} have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him {For} the help of His presence.
Ps 42:6 –
O my God, my soul is in despair within me; Therefore I remember You from the land of the Jordan And the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.
Ps 42:11 –
Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.
Ps 43:5 –
Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.

 What do I have hope in, you ask?
greek lexicon
1. nothing despairing
2. despairing of no one
3. causing no one to despair
  1. to hope
        a. in a religious sense, to wait for salvation with joy and full confidence
2. hopefully to trust in 

1.  expectation of evil, fear
2. expectation of good, hope
        a.in the Christian sense
               1.joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation
3. on hope, in hope, having hope
       a. the author of hope, or he who is its foundation
       b. the thing hoped for 

Hebrew lexicon
  1. to trust
      a. (Qal)
          1. to trust, trust in
          2. to have confidence, be confident
          3. to be bold
          4. to be secure
     b. (Hiphil)
           1. to cause to trust, make secure
           2. to feel safe, be careless 
1 .  security, safety adv
2. securely 
        1. trust, confidence, hope
Job 4:6 -“Is not your fear {of God} your confidence, And the integrity of your ways your hope?
Job 13:15 -“Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him.
Ps 31:24 – Be strong and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the LORD.

But what does it mean to hope in the Lord?

Hope He will hear, heed and answer our prayers, hope of His lovingkindness toward us,
Hope for the help of His presence,
Psalms 62, my soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is FROM Him.
God is my hope and my confidence from my youth.
Psalm 71, but as for me, I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more.
Hope in Gods word. (that its true and His promises are true)
Hope for Gods salvation. Hope that with Him there is abundant redemption.
Pr 10:28 – The hope of the righteous is gladness, But the expectation of the wicked perishes.
Pr 23:18 – Surely there is a future, And your hope will not be cut off.
Pr 13:12 -Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

I mean, really, how can you not love Proverbs? 🙂

Hope for Gods wisdom for you.
Hope for Gods faithfulness
Jer 29:11 –

‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
Lamentations 3:21-29 –
21 This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope.
 22 The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed  never cease, For His compassions never fail.
23 {They} are new every  morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.”
25 The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks  Him.
26 {It is} good that he waits silently For the salvation of the LORD.
27 {It is} good for a man that he should bear The yoke in his youth.
28 Let him sit alone and be silent Since He has laid {it} on him.
29 Let him put his mouth in the dust, Perhaps there is hope.
In His name the gentiles (us) will have hope.
Hope for the resurrection of the dead (Paul states)
Hope of being saved.
Hope does not disappoint becuase of Gods love thru the Holy Spirit in us.

Romans 8:23 And  not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting  eagerly for {our} adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.
 24 For in  hope we have been saved, but hope  that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he {already} sees?
 25 But if  we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.

Hope in what we do not see.
We are to abide in hope.
Hope on He who delivered us from death.
Hope of the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.
Hope that I will not be put to shame.
Hope of the gospel.Of eternal life.
Hope of grace brought by Jesus.

I’m sorry this was so long, there is so much about hope in God’s Word.
My hope is in the Lord, of His promises, of His Holy Spirit.
Hope in that my depression is only temporary and my life here means so much more than utter despair.
God has given me all I need, for my good and for His glory.

How could I ever be depressed?

Romans 15:13
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.
Blessings, Kristina