Today, in our society, hope seems to be a rationed commodity. What you read, what you listen to, what you watch, all impact your level of hopefulness. The Bible speaks often about hope, and one of my favorite Scriptures addresses the problem of hopelessness with some wise counsel. Philippians 4:8 (NIV) “8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
It is easy to be drawn into the dark hole of hopelessness when we focus on the questions more than we focus on the answers. Despondency, despair, oppression, and sorrow are all synonyms for hopelessness. Inside of each of us, a little voice cries out, “Why me? Why now?” And when the answers are hard or are delayed, the voices become more insistent- louder. Suddenly, the questions focus our attention on the negative answers until those dark answers consume us. Perhaps you find yourself just entering that dark pit, or maybe you have taken up residence in the darkness. God tells us that there is hope. The Bible tells us that there is no hole that God cannot pull you out of. Trust Him. Look for what is true. Look for what is lovely. Find something admirable. One step at a time, you can reach for the “Son-light.”
Join us this Lenten season as we search for the Scriptures for our Hope.