The Apostle Paul wrote a letter to his friends letting them know about the trouble he went through in Asia. He said he was "crushed and completely overwhelmed and he thought he would never live through it. In fact he expected to die."
"... ultimately being a Christian, is not a matter of being a success story, but of living with human failure–and with the God who raises the dead. That’s what following Jesus is likely to involve.” Timothy Keller
Paul goes on to to say that as a result of their hardship "we learned not to rely on ourselves but on God who can raise the dead."
And this is what it's really about... if there is a God who can raise the dead then there is hope.