Most people would agree that the entire world has become frightening, expensive, cold and hopeless. People around the globe are starving, many of them children. People everywhere are living in tents or under bridges while snow is blowing and others walk past them like they are a contagious disease. You may feel overwhelmed by how unforgiving and cold the world has become. You may wonder what it will be like when your children are your age. You may find it has been easy to lose hope in the future. However, not all is lost. Find out below where you can find hope in a hopeless world.
Hope Is In The Scripture
The Bible is filled with verses that encourage you to have hope for the present and the future. Taking time every day for Bible study can help you have a spiritual awareness that is the core of true hope. The book of Job, chapter 11, verses 18 states: "And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope: yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety." In Christianity, the greatest hope of all is promised by Jesus Christ, a promise of life in heaven with Him for all eternity. Many verses in the Bible speak of how you and everyone else in the world, throughout time, can have the greatest hope of all. By believing that Jesus died for you on the cross at Calvary, by asking to be forgiven of your sins and by obeying the word of God found in the Bible, you will always have the greatest hope of all.
Hope And Faith In The Face Of Sinister Darkness
No matter who you are, times come in life that are scary and dark. During the darkest times, you may wonder why God has let bad things happen to you or to people you love. You should know that God lays out trials for people to go through for learning how to have faith in Him and to lean on your trust in Him. Many verses in the Bible speak of having hope and faith during the hardest and darkest hours of your life:
- Psalms 39:7: "And now, Lord, what wait I for? My hope is in thee."
- Romans 5:5: "And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us."
- 1 Thessalonians 1:3: "Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father."
If you have wondered where to find hope, you might find that reading the Bible each day can help you to feel it. Learning more by discussing your questions with a pastor you trust can help you find even more about how to find not only hope, but strength and faith, in the scripture during Bible study. Contact Church of Christ for more information.