Have the struggles of life left you feeling hopeless? Fix your mind on these truths today.
As a child of God whose sins have been forgiven, I know that my biggest problem has already been solved.
But this world is full of trouble.
My life still contains challenges.
I get discouraged.
Sometimes I loose sight of hope altogether and begin to despair.
Does that ever happen to you?
Here’s what I’ve come to realize . . .
Despair can only take over when we’re hoping in the wrong thing.
If we find ourselves at the end of our hope, then our hope is misplaced.
Where, then, should we fix our hope?
Take a look at Lamentations 3:21-24:
This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope.
The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.”
Prescription For When You’re Feeling Hopeless
Fix your mind on:
The Unceasing Kindness of God
God is always doing good things for His children. Make a list of ways God has been kind to you. Recall His provision and care from the past. Pray that you will recognize His goodness to you right now. Rehearse the promise that He will never change.
The Unfailing Compassion of God
God does not stand aloof, passively observing our struggles. He is like a tender shepherd who gently leads his sheep in the best ways. Isaiah 40:11 God knows your weaknesses and is intimately acquainted with your struggles because He designed them to strengthen and purify you. Job 23:10, James 1:2-4 Draw near to Him in prayer; He wants to bear your burdens for you. James 4:8, Matthew 11:28 Meditate on these Scriptures that remind you God is on your side.
The Great Faithfulness of God
God has always kept every promise He has made. He always will. It is impossible for Him to lie! Titus 1:2 Even when you falter and refuse to look at Him, He remains true to Himself and to His Word. 2 Timothy 2:13 Study God’s character. Make a list of all His attributes. Review Old Testament history and His faithfulness to the Israelites. Hold fast to the promises God makes to all His people. (Arabah Joy offers a list of 40 promises from Scripture here.)
The troubles you’re facing won’t disappear in the face of these truths.
But your hope will return when you shift your gaze away from your circumstances toward the character of God.
More Hope-Filled Scriptures
- Psalm 16
- Psalm 33:18-22
- Psalm 42 & 43
- Psalm 62:5-8
- Psalm 73:25-28
- Romans 8:18-25
- Hebrews 3:1-6
- Hebrews 10:19-25
- 1 Peter 1:3-9
Biblical hope is not a wish for better times or a changed future.
It is a sure certainty that God is faithful. That He will fulfill what He has promised. That He will go through your struggles with you. That He can be glorified in your trials. That He really does have your best interest in mind. That He is working out His good plan in His perfect timing.
You may have no idea what that will look like, when it will take place or what it will require of you. But know that it is absolutely guaranteed.
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.
What Scriptures do you turn to when you’re feeling hopeless?