Review of Paul David Tripp’s article, “Hope in this Broken Down World”, published in Tabletalk magazine.
What do you do when you have lost everything in divorce? Maybe you’ve lost your children, your income, and your friendships. Everything you put so many years into is gone and you feel like your whole life has been erased. I have experienced this, along with many others, I am sure. Many days I found it nearly impossible just to rise up out of bed and put one foot in front of the other. Why did I have such a problem getting beyond the pain? Of course, anyone who experiences the breakdown of a family will feel pain, but how do we get beyond it? Paul David Tripp’s article “Hope in this Broken Down World” provides some simple, yet profound, insight into this question. Tripp helps us to realize that our real hope, that which we survive for, cannot be on temporal things, sinful people (including ourselves), or bank accounts. They can never become our foundation. In one way or another that foundation will crumble beneath our feet.
“…hope in a man (or woman), hope in material things, hope in a house, hope in a family, and hope in a lifestyle…were never designed to be a source of hope.” (Parenthesis mine)
He explains where our hope must lie in order to traverse some of life’s most hurtful events. Please read the article for yourself and experience some relief from the pain you may be feeling. It helped me to realize that I had placed all of my hope in that which could shatter at any moment without even knowing it.
Enjoy the article and let me know what you think in the comments section below. I would love to hear your stories and thoughts.