When hard times come, and they come for everyone, it can be difficult to believe that God is still there and that he is working. Our faith is shaken very quickly when the circumstances around us are not the way we hoped they would be. We need to go to the Bible to get faith and hope.

Scripture

We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!
But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.
1 Corinthians 13:12-13

Questions

What are the things that you feel hopeless about?
We all have things that we lose faith about whether that be challenging family circumstances, relationship difficulties or health challenges.

What are specific things to I can do to overcome the hopelessness that I feel?
The Bible says that when we focus on loving others, trusting God and fighting to keep our faith, we will be able to overcome any hard time we are facing.

Additional Thoughts

  1. Choose one person you can focus on encouraging everyday. Even if it is small, when we focus on other people we are less likely to feel down about our own circumstances
  2. Read the book of 2 Corinthians to get faith and encouragement during the Holidays.
  3. Pray specifically about any fears, disappointments and discouragements and decide to trust God with them.
Stone Eleazer

Stone Eleazer

Stone Eleazer is the director of operations at the Bay Area Christian Church, and is an editor for BACC Inspire.

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