Finding Hope in Times of Uncertainty
Without question, we are facing a moment of uncertainty. The coronavirus pandemic has the
world on edge and has disrupted our normal way of life. You may be experiencing concerns and worries in this very moment. You may be thinking that on top of all that you’ve been
personally dealing with, now this! In a song entitled, “I’m Gonna Make It After All”, the gospel
artist Rance Allen penned lyrics to this effect, I don’t know what the future holds, but I
know who holds the future. And, He who holds the future also holds our hand!
Knowing this can move us from a place of panic to a position of praise. You see, our hope is
closely tied to where you place your trust. We experience a loss of hope when what we have
placed our trust in lets us down. In Psalms 146, we find an open invitation to offer praise to
God and we are challenged to place our trust in the faithfulness of our loving savior who reigns over all. Hope will rise, when you place your confidence in the Lord.
Please Read Psalms 146 and then proceed
- What is your greatest concern at this moment? Have you brought this before God in prayer?
Have you shared it with someone who can partner with you in prayer?
- What does it mean to praise the Lord with your life?
- Verse 5 says, “Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God.” What does it mean to you to have God as your help? What does it mean to hope in the Lord?
- Read verses 7-9 and discuss practical ways that you can bring hope to those listed in this passage (oppressed, hungry, prisoners, blind, bowed down, etc..)
When you are feeling anxiety or fear, pause and ask yourself, what am I focusing on?
Speak Out Loud and Keep in Mind
I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Do not put your
trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save (Psalms 146:2-3).
Grace and peace,