Jeff Lawrence

5 Ways to Rediscover Hope Again

So many people today have lost their hope. They've lost their way! Problem is, all too often they're looking in the wrong place!

Finding Hope Again Jeffglawrence

Finding Hope

When life feels overwhelming and hope seems distant, it’s easy to feel lost and desperate. We live in a world gone mad.  And frequently angry.  Sometimes we’re not even sure what we’re mad about.  I hear this from so many people now, many of whom have lost their trust in the Church, having been hurt or having seen the underbelly, ugly side of what too many churches have become. However, even in the darkest times, there are ways to find hope again. Here are five ways to reignite hope, grounded in faith and scripture.

1. Turn to Prayer

Prayer is a powerful lifeline to God, offering solace and space to express your deepest concerns. Philippians 4:6-7 reminds us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” In your moments of desperation, let prayer be your anchor, grounding you in God’s unwavering love.

2. Read and Meditate on Scripture

The Bible is a treasure trove of promises and reassurances that can reignite hope. By immersing yourself in God’s word, you remind yourself of His steadfast love and purpose for your life. Jeremiah 29:11 provides a profound reminder: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Let these words fill your heart with renewed faith and strength.

3. Embrace Margin

Creating space to be still before the Lord allows you to hear His voice more clearly. In the stillness, you find encouragement and healing in His presence. Psalm 46:10 instructs us, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Embracing margin helps you tune out the world’s noise and focus on God’s comforting whispers. As A.W. Tozer wisely said, “When the habit of inwardly gazing Godward becomes fixed within us, we shall be ushered onto a new level of spiritual life more in keeping with the promises of God.”

4. Connect with a Faith Community

A supportive faith community can offer much-needed encouragement and solidarity. Sharing your burdens and joys with others can lighten your load and remind you that you are not alone. Hebrews 10:24-25 encourages us, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Being part of an authentic biblically aligned community helps you bear each other’s burdens and grow stronger in faith.

5. Serve Others

Acts of service not only benefit others but also renew your own spirit. Helping those in need can shift your perspective and fill you with a sense of purpose and fulfillment. Galatians 6:9 encourages us, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Serving others allows you to experience the joy of giving and reinforces the hope that God’s love is active and present in your life.

 

When you feel lost and desperate for hope, turning to prayer, immersing yourself in scripture, embracing margin, connecting with a faith community, and serving others can help you rediscover the hope that God promises. Remember, God is always with you, guiding and uplifting you every step of the way. As you navigate this journey, let His presence and promises be your beacon of hope.

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