To me this infuriating madness looks bad.
It looks like there’s no hope.
Doesn’t It Look Bad?
Look at this mess.
- As you look, what do you see?
As you look, what do you think?
As you look, what do you say?
As you look, can you find any hope?
All of us see, unless we’re blind, the ugly. Ugly doesn’t offer us hope.
All of us see the bad. Bad doesn’t suggest an easy solution.
All of us long to see goodness. Goodness stirs feelings of hope.
Where Is Hope Hiding?
- Evil appears omnipresent.
Evil appears omnipotent.
Evil appears omniscient.
Evil destroys hope … and laughs at our despair.
Today’s news events leave us anxious, empty, and depressed.
Today’s news results in feelings of pessimism, worthlessness, desperation.
Today’s news creates weariness, irritability, loss of appetite.
Today’s news transmit sound bites and pictures of human depravity.
Evil Tempts Us To Give Up.
- The problem is too big.
The problem gets worse.
The problem has no solution.
Evil provides God’s goodness an attempt to sharpen our focus … to hold up hope.
What Is The Truth About Hope?
1. Hope is a weed poking through a crack in the sidewalk.
2. Hope squirts Round Up on despair.
3. Hope preservers.
4. Hope sprouts hope.
5. Hope never stops hoping.
6. Hope is water for the thirsty.
7. Hope waits
8. Hope is above and beyond this.
9. Hope lights the darkness.
10. Hope chase away fear.
11. Hope subdues depression.
12. Hope is on a mission of hope.
13. Hope is an iceberg.
14. Hope focuses on what is, not on what isn’t.
15. Hope is God’s Christmas present.
What Does Hope Look Like?
- Hope looks like Aslan the lion.
Hope looks like Smokey the Bear.
Hope looks like Clark Kent (Superman).
Hope looks like Jesus (yeast) exploding in bread-dough.
Final Thought About Hope
Think about what is up there, not about what is here on earth. Colossians 3:2 CEV
Hope overwhelms the madness.