orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

June 15, 2013

The Bible gives hope and optimism

Charles Holt
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — “There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them.”

 This is an opinion that is worth thinking about. Some problems and circumstances, however, may be so severe as to prompt feelings of despair and hopelessness. I pray that no one reading this column is at such a point at this time. However, if such is the case, please allow me the opportunity to give you a “hand up” with a few words of encouragement.

Have you recently lost one of your most true and trusted friends? It can create an ache that is off the charts of pain. The man, Christ Jesus, knew personally this experience. Speaking of Jesus, the Bible says: Those who hate me whisper about me. They think the worst about me.

They say, “He did something wrong. That is why he is sick. He will never get well.”

My best friend, the one I trusted, the one who ate with me—even he has turned against me (Psalm 41:7-9 and see John 13:18).

The Bible is a book of HOPE and OPTIMISM. It provides strength when emotionally and spiritually we are wobbly and weary. It is a book of promise. It is a book of redemption. The Bible is a book of salvation, deliverance, healing. The Bible says we are blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. The Bible says we are “more than conquerors” through Christ.

God Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let you down. I will not relax My hold on you! Assuredly not! So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm; I will not fear or dread or be terrified. What can man do to me? (Hebrews 13:5,6 Amplified Bible)

God has his eye on you!

“Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; to deliver their soul from death . . . Our soul waits for the LORD: he is our help and our shield . . . Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee” (Psalm 33:18-22 KJV).