14 Ways to Find Hope in God

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Choose Hope – 14 Ways to Find Hope in God

Hope is an interesting action. I spend a lot of time hoping. I hoped my son would live when he was born, I hoped my surgery would go well and that I could walk normal again, I hoped I would get a job so we could keep our house, and I hoped that broken hearts would be mended.  Today, I’m hoping to get the kids through high school, hoping someone will read these words and know the love of God, hoping the choices I make are the right ones, and hoping I don’t mess it all up.

My husband, like many federal employees, received their furlough notice as the government shutdown in late 2018. Unfortunately, that meant that his paycheck stopped coming in for some time. He hoped that the government shutdown wouldn’t last, that we had enough in our emergency savings to cover the shortfall, and that he could go back to work. He hopes a lot too.

Most of us experience moments of disarray in our lives. Sometimes we lose hope that things will ever change. Sure, when life is going smoothly, it’s easy to feel hopeful. But, what do you do when trouble enters your life, and you feel like God isn’t hearing your prayers? Here are 14 ways I’ve used in my life to find hope in God in any situation.

1.    Pray for Hope

Life is full of hardships, but that doesn’t mean you should give into the fear. Find hope in God through prayer. Philippians 4:6-7 – 6 says, “In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus”.

2.    Read the Bible

Everything you need is in the Bible. Read the Bible daily, but especially when you feel yourself giving in to feelings of hopelessness. Romans 15:4 reads, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that through patience and through encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope”. Reading the Bible will help you thrive and it is the perfect book to turn during times of need.

3.    Listen and Sing Worship Songs

Listen attentively to worship songs and let sad feelings melt away, replaced by heartfelt praise and gratitude for God. Singing along with the music creates a closer connection to the Lord as well, and creates a profound sense of wellbeing.

4.    Bible Journal Scripture

The next time you feel hopelessness strike, try writing out your favorite scriptures in a Bible journal. Instead of drowning in your feelings, turn your focus to God’s Word. Then, pause and spend some time meditating on the scripture that led to the beauty you created on the page.

5.    Join a Bible Study

What do you do when life’s challenges make you feel isolated and alone? Join a Bible study group. Members are often encouraging, supportive and loving, along with offering advice should you seek it. The right Bible study group will have a positive impact on you that can be life-changing.

6.    Record Your Requests and When He Answers Them

Keeping track of the times you’ve turned to the Lord for help, and noting when he answers your requests, will be a reminder that – yes – He has always come through for you. Looking back on your list when you’ve lost confidence in his ability to keep his promises will quickly change your attitude – a great indication of His unconditional love for you.

7.    Read Encouraging Stories (And Turn the News Off!)

A great way to get out of a slump and find hope in God is to read about or watch happy, encouraging stories and random acts of kindness. Cultivating a sense of wonder and positivity can’t help but help build a positive outlook. Also, wherever you go, look around for small wonders, whether it’s a child’s smile, a colorful butterfly, a happy smile, etc. In other words, turn the news off, look for the good things, and you can’t help but have a happier outlook.

8.    Minister to Someone in Need

If you have lost hope in God, ministering to others in their time of need will not only leave a lasting impression – it will lift your spirits. Whether it’s volunteering at your local women’s shelter, or small random acts of kindness like buying a cup of coffee for the person behind you in line at your local cafe, or holding the door open for someone, your actions can help you find hope in God. After all, Jesus healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, comforted the mourning, and even brought the dead to life.

9.    Read a Devotional

One of the easiest ways to find hope in God is to read a devotional. Daily devotional reading is essential to our development as Christians.

10.    Talk to Someone You Love

When you are worried, feeling down, or lost, it can help to talk to someone you trust and love about what you’re going through. Opening up to someone about what’s on your mind can make a world of difference. Talking with someone, whether it’s family, a trusted friend or your pastor, will help you see things in a different perspective and you may even discover a solution to the problems you’re dealing with.

11.    Get Involved at Your Church or Your Local Community

Getting involved at church or with the community are actions that have been linked to better physical and mental health. Inspirational talks, social bonding, and worshipping will leave you with a sense of belonging and meaning. These states can’t help but foster hope in God.

12.    Consider All of the Good Things in Your Life

It’s so important to be thankful for all the good things in your life. If you focus on the bad, you’ll end up seeing more and more of it. The practice of focusing on the good things in your life and being grateful for them will improve your outlook on life.

13.    Spend Some Time with God’s Creations in Nature

Nature quietly reveals God’s glory, beauty, power, wisdom, presence, and, most important of all, His love for us. This is one of the reasons many people love to spend time in nature, surrounded by His creations and loving presence. So, when you are trying to find hope in God, go out, take a walk in nature, and reconnect with Him.

14.    Be Patient

Some days it can be extremely hard to be patient, leaving us feeling like God has forsaken us. You know, those days when you bring your feelings of quiet desperation to the Lord, then grow tired of waiting for him to respond. It soon starts to feel like your prayers are falling on deaf ears. Sound familiar? The truth is, He is going to respond because he loves you completely. Remember his timing isn’t yours, but when he does respond it will be worth the wait.

Thankfully, finding hope in God isn’t difficult if you open yourself up to His love. The hope that He offers is far more than a feeling – it’s the certainty of His presence within you. Using the 14 ways to find God listed here will help you experience hope in God in any situation, no matter what tragedy hits you.

Matthew 12:21

In his name the nations will put their hope.”

Job 11:18

And you will feel secure, because there is hope;
you will look around and take your rest in security.

Romans 15:4

 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

Isaiah 40:31

but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.

Hebrews 10:23

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

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