Godly Hope vs. Positive Thinking
If you prefer the adjective of optimist, consider these divine merits of biblical optimism, also known as godly hope, which anchors its trust in the character of God: (1) We children of the King are called to wait patiently for our Father’s deliverances, for hope that is seen is not hope at all. (Rom. 8:24); (2) we’re to remember that He is working all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose; (Romans 8:28), and finally, (3) we’re to remain confident and hopeful in our God because He promises in 1 Peter 5:10 that our trials and tribulations have a “shelf-life,” followed by an eternal glory He has foreordained for us and which He is using to mature us in Christ Jesus; God’s glorious future purposes for us do require some present pain. Given the extensive supreme benefits of Godly hope, mere positive thinking simply cannot compete!
PRAYER: O, Father, inasmuch as You’ve given us in Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith, a multitude of reasons to persevere in godly hope—what are we doing feeding on a secular concept as spiritually anemic as mere positive thinking?! We’re called, and furthermore chosen, to feed on Your proven faithfulness every day –until faith becomes sight! May we purpose to walk worthily of this Your high calling. In Jesus’ great name we pray and give thanks. Amen!
By Sis. Denise Diggs
Amen Sis. Denise, when all else fails, things look grim, hope in the Lord. Where else can we turn? Our hope and consolation can only be found in Him. Thank you.
Amen! He is our life-line.
Our hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus' blood and righteousness... I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus' name! On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand! Amen!