So I realized that I haven’t shared a devotional or inspirational thought with you guys in a while! I sincerely apologize, but I’ve been on the serious grind over here. But once I read this in my Sabbath School lesson I just had to share this snippet with you all… (bold and italicized portions changed by me) It’s definitely something of which I needed to be reminded.
Hope and Trust in God
“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord” (Ps. 31:24, NIV).
Studies show that hope is a critical factor in mental health. An attitude of hope found in hostages makes a difference in survival. Hope is a great motivator and a source of mental and physical endurance. Most depression treatments work well in patients convinced that their mood can improve significantly and that they can be helped. Indeed, depression and anxiety often afflict those whose outlook on life is pessimistic, catastrophic, and hopeless. A hopeful attitude can make a big difference in our entire mental outlook.
But there is more than the general hope that whatever your present trial is, it will end well. [Spiritual] hope transcends the finite and focuses on the eternal. It points us to realities and truths and promises that the world, in and of itself, can never offer. It’s a hope found in the Creator God, who alone can give us what nothing else in the world can.
– taken from the Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide entitled Jesus Wept: The Bible and Human Emotions
Love and God Bless,