Do you ever feel like everywhere you look, the world is in crisis?
You will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.Matthew 24:6–8
Jesus said, “see to it that you are not alarmed.”
He told His followers, and that includes you and me, that these things are going to happen.
Wars, natural disasters, disease, poverty, depression, and more…
I’m a super-emotional person. Rev asked me in a Bible Class once, “Do you remember..?”
And before he could finish the question, I said, “I don’t know. Did I cry?”
Yes, I’m emotional. I FEEL life. So, I guess it really wasn’t surprising that I was diagnosed with Agitated Anxiety years ago.
If you look it up, the symptoms include things like anxiety, fatigue, guilt, impulsiveness, and irritability. I struggled with the first three but not the last two. Worry and fear kept me from being impulsive, and my need to “please” the people around me helped me suppress any feelings of irritability.
Thankfully, agitated anxiety is very treatable, and I have done well for years. I was blessed to have a wonderful counselor, medication, and lots of Jesus! Because I needed God’s help and hope then and the truth is I need help and hope every day.
Maybe you need God’s help and hope too!
We scroll through social media and people are agitated and concerned. We turn on the news and people are hyped up and promoting countless reasons to be anxious and afraid. Is it any wonder more people are worried about the future? That they’re anxious for their children and grandchildren.
But wait a minute. Jesus said, “don’t be alarmed.” Because…
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”John 16:33
We will experience trouble but we can have peace without fear and alarm because our Lord and Savior, Jesus is our Help and our Hope. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. (John 14:6)
Yes, life is hard. Sometimes it’s downright scary. We desperately need God’s help and hope for the future, and by His grace, we have both.
A Promise of the Lord’s Help…
God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”Hebrews 13:5–6
So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”
A Prayerful Promise of Hope for the Future…
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.2 Thessalonians 2:16–17
A Prayer Asking for God’s Help
& Hope for the Future
Father, I admit it’s hard to reject fear and anxiety about the future when the world gives us a continuous message of unrest and conflict. Jesus said there would be wars, famine, and earthquakes (Matthew 24). And He said that we would experience trouble in the world (John 14:27). But He also told us to remember that He has overcome the world. He promised that in Him we have lasting peace and confident assurance . . . we have hope for the future.
Father, I come to You asking for help today. I believe that You are my safe place and strength . . . my help in times of trouble. (Psalm 46:1) I believe that You hear my cries for help. (Psalm 18:6) And that You answer my prayers with Your unfailing love and faithfulness. (John 1:14) I believe You are with me. (Matthew 28:20) And that Your Word gives me hope and encouragement as I wait for Your promises to be fulfilled. (Romans 15:4)
When the enemy tries to frighten me with reminders of all the terrible things that can happen, please help me remember that my Lord and Savior, Jesus, has already won the victory. By Your grace and with Your help, I will hold onto Jesus’ promise—Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me . . . I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” (Revelation 22:12–13)
I pray this in the name of Jesus, the One who is my help and my hope for the future. Amen.
Friend, it’s tempting to give in to fear and anxiety as the world reminds us of all that can and will go wrong. But You and I have God’s help and promise that we can live without fear and frustration. We can keep our hearts and minds focused on the One who is our Help and our Hope for the future.
So, write this truth on a notecard and proclaim it at the start of each day.
We put our hope in the Lord.Psalm 33:20–21
He is our help and our shield.
In Him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in His holy name.
Better yet, make it personal and replace all the “we and ours” with “I and me.”
May you be blessed today as you hold on to God’s promises that will last forever.
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