A WORLD IN TURMOIL
4 | Protect Your Hope
WHY IT MATTERS
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.