Despair—When Hope Is Gone
Dejection leads to despair. This is the fourth deadly D. When a person is in a state of despair, they have lost or abandoned hope. I am afraid that we are going to see a lot of this in our nation. That’s why it is so important that you study all this and learn how to handle it.
People who find themselves in a state of despair become apathetic—numb in their thinking—and overwhelmed with the feeling that nothing good can happen. This can lead to lethargy, or it can lead to frantic activity. A person filled with despair can become vigorous in their actions, reckless regarding the consequences, doing something, anything as a last resort! All because they are desperate.
Desperation is simply energized despair.
Remember the principle of unity of command? To refresh your memory, unity of command means that there is a single commander who creates a unified effort where all the forces are coordinated in their action toward a common goal. All unity of command goes out the window when despair takes over, for people move in desperation rather than under the control of the Commander, the Spirit of God.
How well this is portrayed for us in [esvignore]Numbers 14:26-45[/esvignore] when the children of Israel hear the consequences of their unbelief at Kadesh-barnea. Read this passage and write out how the people feel, what they do, and what happens because they act in desperation rather than in faith. Remember, to act in faith is to obey the Word of the Lord.
This blog post is excerpted from the out-of-print 30-day devotional “How to Stand Firm Against the Five Deadly D’s” by Kay Arthur.