Finding Hope In God And In Christ Jesus

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Why are you cast down, O my soul?…..Hope in God, for I shall yet
praise Him. (Psalm 42:5)

A study conducted by researchers at the university of
Minnesota found that almost 15 percent of American teenagers felt it was
“highly likely” that they would die before their 35th birthday.
Those with this pessimistic outlook were more likely to engage in reckless
behaviour. Dr. Iris Borrowsky, author of the study published in Pediatrics magazine, said: “These youth
may take risk because they feel hopeless and figure that not much is at stake.”

No one is immune to feelings of despair. The Psalms express
repeated pleas for help when life seems dark. “Why are you in despair, O my
soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall
again praise Him for the help of His presence” (Ps. 42:5 NASB). In a defiant
step of faith, the psalmist tells himself not to forget about God, who will
never forsake him.

Curtis Almquist has written: “Hope is fuelled by the presence
of God…..[It] is also fuelled by the future of God in our lives.” We can say
with the psalmist, “I shall yet praise Him” (vs. 5).

No follower of Christ should feel reluctant to seek counsel
for depression. Nor should feel that faith and prayer are too simplistic to
help. There is always hope in God!- —–David McCasland.

My sheep I know, they are My own,

I leave them not in trials alone;

I will be with them to the end,

Their Hope, their Joy, their dearest Friend.——-Anon

Hope for the
Christian is a certainty — because its basis is Christ Jesus!

May Our God The Almighty prosper Nigeria
and Israel and defend us from all our enemies in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!