Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.
1 Corinthians 9:10
Everyone gets discouraged from time to time. Sometimes we are just absolutely depressed. There are a good number of reasons for us to feel this way. We can watch wickedness growing in our country and we see our churches declining. Homes are torn apart. Our children fall under the influence of the devil. Our churches are weaker than they have ever been in many cases.
Because of all of the evil in the world, our homes and our churches some people have started to lose hope. It is evident in the way they act and the way they talk.
Not only have some people started to lose hope they are stealing hope from those around him. Our attitude and outlook on life can be very contagious. If people are around us long enough they often begin to think and feel the way we do.
That can be a dangerous thing for our churches. A church without hope is a church on life support. We can do without many things but we cannot do without hope.
Of course we do not want to have an unreasonable hope. That would not help us at all. Our hope needs to have a foundation. Fortunately we have a good foundation upon which our hopes rest, Jesus Christ himself.
Some would say I just don’t see how even Jesus can turn this thing around. I do not see all the answers either. I do not need to see them though. Faith is believing in that which we can neither see nor understand. No doubt the children of Israel never imagined that God was going to part the Red Sea but He did. The little church gathered in Jerusalem probably never considered that an angel was going to set Peter free but he did.
God has always operated in ways people did not anticipate and there is no reason to think He is going to stop today. The Bible tells us He does not change. We do not have to understand the how. We just need to trust the Who.
If our attitude is going to be contagious then let it be one of hope!