June 09, 2021

Staying Hopeful by Opening the Bible

by | Hope Is Alive

“You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word” (Psalm 119:114 ESV).

It is easy to lose hope. And this will almost certainly happen to you if you neglect to regularly recalibrate your mind to the truth.

Sadly, fear and despair are all too natural. These are our default settings—frustrating holdovers from our old nature.

And because we live in a world that is in the process of self-destructing, the bulk of the messages that we take in center on evil and its outworking. As our minds take in these worldly messages, even believers can succumb to doubt and panic.

But we don’t have to. We have access to liberating truth that can restore our joy at any moment—the Word of God.

So, let us take the Word into our minds often. Let us read it, meditate on it, discuss it. Through these exercises of the soul, we can overcome despair and restore hope.

Four Hopeful Passages to Consider Today

Psalm 42

Romans 5:1-5

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Revelation 21:1-8

Tim Grissom is a freelance writer living in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he also serves as senior editor for FamilyLife. He has served on the elder team of The Summit Church, which he helped start in 1998, and remains active in the teaching ministry there. Tim served on the staff of Life Action Ministries for fourteen years. He and his wife, Janiece (who is now with the Lord) have four children. His ministry passion is to help people understand how deeply the Bible speaks to the issues of life, both big and small. You can read more from Tim through his blog, HurtingForward.com
Tim Grissom

Tim Grissom

Freelance Writer

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