“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Romans 15:4, 13, NIV

DNR. Name of a rap band? Initials for high-tech corporation? Maybe something akin to WWJD? If you have worked around an ICU or CCU in a hospital, you know what it means: “Do Not Resuscitate.” DNR also carries an underwritten message: “There is no hope.” The critical care ward of our times says there is no hope. Many in our world say that confusion and despair make up the dark storm that pervades our times. You may feel today that there is no hope in your life.

But we do not have to be captives in a world without hope, for into the dark room of despair there enters a Galilean carpenter, a hope-bearer: one who can resuscitate a dying world. You may think that DNR applies to you. The world says to you, “Do not resuscitate. The situation is hopeless. You are not worth it.” It says, “There is nobody who can change that hopelessness.” But, Jesus says, “As long as there is hope, there is life. I broke the chains of death so that you could experience hope and life.

You may feel that your life is finished. You are ready to throw in the towel and quit.” But Jesus says, “I went to the cross and finished My work of salvation because you matter so much to Me. So do not quit yet. There is still hope. Hang in there. Give it one more shot. Accept God’s forgiveness, and go one more round.”

QUESTION: Are you discouraged today? Do you feel that your present life situation is without hope? Jesus asks us to remove the DNR from the chart of our lives and place our trust in Him. The key is belief, which is faith that unlocks the door of hope.