“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” (Hebrews 11:1)
Let me start out with a BOLD statement…”There is no such thing as FALSE HOPE.” Now, before you judge that statement hear me out.
Many times, when people are diagnosed with a so-called terminal disease, people are “afraid” to encourage them with positive things. They don’t want to give them “false hope.” BUT…hope is the infant stage of faith, and without it, faith has no chance. The word “false” means: declaring what is untrue. The word “hope” means: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. So, when you put them together you get: “declaring a person’s expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen as UNTRUE.” To me…..that describes the word UNBELIEF.
Here’s the problem. YOU and I should not be the ones declaring the worst over another person who believes for the best. Hold on now…I am going to be even more bold and say…”Keep YOUR unbelief to yourself!” I mean that in a nice sort of way, of course. False hope, which is unbelief, has no place in the surroundings of someone who is fighting for their life.
I speak to nurses in nursing school and I always tell them, “Every person who wants to live deserves the right to have an atmosphere of hope for their faith to grow…because with faith in God, NOTHING is impossible.” In the Bible, EVERYONE who believed that Jesus could heal them was healed. Several of those times He removed everyone in the room who did not believe. There had to be a reason for that.
I don’t have all the answers for those who “didn’t” receive their healing. But ONE THING is sure…those who DO receive their healing do so in an atmosphere of hope that grows into an atmosphere of faith. I am thankful that from my doctors to my friends to my family, I am surrounded by an atmosphere of hope and faith!
Pastor Kevin Kinchen