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Hope for the World – September 20

Hope for the World- Jesus

 

As I listened to Pastor Jeff give the message on Sunday about how this world needs hope, the reality of how bad things have been lately, set it. Violence is now the new norm and every other story on the news is something heartbreaking.

 

When multiple tragedies happen, whether in the world or in our personal lives, it becomes harder and harder to not loose hope. I begin to question Him about why He allows certain things to happen. I don’t want to stop trusting in His plan for my life and for the lives of others. I desperately want to stay hopeful, but during these hard times it is not always easy.

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There was a time in my life, when it felt like it was just one bad thing after another, and I wanted to know why and when. Why was He allowing these horrible things to happen to me and the ones I loved, and when would things start to get better? I prayed diligently for each situation to get better and for a renewed hope in Him, no matter what the outcome. It was during these times that He lead me to these scriptures.

 

Isaiah 55:9 (NIV) says, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts”.

 

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NIV) says, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed.”

 

Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope”.

 

Most of the time, we aren’t supposed to know the “whys” or the “hows” of each situation. We just need to know that He is a good God. A God of love, who is just and full of grace. We need to know that His love is enough, no matter how bad things get. We are not left in despair. We are not abandoned or destroyed. We are loved more than we could imagine, and even though we don’t know what the future holds, we can put our trust and hope in the One who holds the future.

 

Whenever tragedy strikes in the world or in your own life, I encourage you to pray about the situation, trust His promises, and remain hopeful!

 

-Erin Kessler

 

Questions to Consider

  1. What is your first reaction when you see something bad happen on the news or something terrible happens in your personal life?
  2. Do you believe that God allows bad things to happen sometimes to grow our faith and our relationship with him?
  1. In what ways can you be an encouragement to others during times of tragedy? Are you sometimes afraid to share or talk about your faith with others?

 

 

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