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4 | Protect Your Hope

4 | Protect Your Hope


Anxiety over world turmoil can take a toll on people physically and emotionally. Many who have been affected by these events see no hope on the horizon. How do they react?

  • Some refuse even to think about the future.

  • Others escape their anxieties through alcohol or drugs.

  • A few conclude that death is preferable to life. “Why go on?” they ask.

What You Should Know

  • Some of the problems you face might be temporary and could change unexpectedly for the better.

  • Even if your situation does not change, there are things you can do that can help you deal with it.

  • The Bible provides genuine hope​—a permanent solution to mankind’s problems.

What You Can Do Now

The Bible says: “Never be anxious about the next day, for the next day will have its own anxieties. Each day has enough of its own troubles.”​—Matthew 6:34.

Take one day at a time. Do not let anxieties about tomorrow keep you from handling today’s responsibilities.

Worrying about negative things that might happen will only add to your stress and weaken your hope for a better future.

The Bible Offers Genuine Hope

An ancient psalmist said in prayer to God: “Your word is a lamp to my foot, and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105) Consider how the Bible​—God’s Word—​is just that.

On a dark night, a lamp helps us decide where to walk. Likewise, the Bible contains practical wisdom that can guide us when we need to make a difficult decision.

A light can illuminate our path so that we can see what is farther ahead. In a similar way, the Bible can illuminate our view of what the future holds.