Are you hopeful today?
Did you start this day/week/month/year with high hopes only to have them crashing down because of something that happened? I have done that many times, it seems that I am much more hopeful at the start of a new day rather than at the end of a long day.
In 1 Timothy 1:1, Paul states that Jesus Christ is our hope. In Romans 15:12, Paul quotes Isaiah saying ?In Him the Gentiles shall hope.? I understand in my head that Jesus Christ is our hope but my heart gets frustrated and upset when I see things all around me not lining up well. When I see friends and family members struggling; when friends head back to their addictions; when entertainment becomes an idol; when society exalts food and animals above humans or when the death of a baby is celebrated.
How do I, as a believer in Christ, remain hopeful when the world is falling apart? Social media and news media are a huge source of hopelessness for many of us. I conducted an informal survey of Christians on their thoughts concerning the hope and hopelessness in society. I asked them what they believed to be the biggest threat to remaining hopeful in these times.
The results from 113 responses are below, the responders could choose more than one response. Overwhelmingly the news media and social media dominated the responses.
My experience resonates with these results in that what I watch or read has a strong effect on my outlook.
For the duration of this journey, please limit your media consumption. Consider doing a media fast for the next 40 days.
You are the God of hope and I ask that you fill me with all joy and peace in believing so that I may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13) Help me to see You in the little things. Help me to see people being Your hands and feet.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
- Do you place your hope on Jesus Christ?
- How does social/news media affect your outlook?
- Meditate on Roman 15:13
- Did you choose to worship God today in spite of your circumstances?
- Where did you see God unexpectedly today?
Please contact me using the form below if you are struggling with hopelessness, depression, or anxiety. There is hope for you!
For Further Reading:
- Journey to Find Hope – Introduction
- My personal journey
- Finding Hope in a Valley
- Getting Started on Your Journey to Find Hope