I feel like more and more often I come across people, often believers, who have an extremely negative outlook on life. The fact is, we live in a fallen world and we live among fallen people. The Bible is clear about the depravity of man. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Titus 1:15-16 says, “to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled.”
So how can we have a positive outlook on life and be optimistic people when the world seems so out of control? Do we need to mistrust people and protect ourselves from hurt and disappointment at all costs? I don’t think we are called to live that way.
John 16:33 tells us, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
We as believers have a hope and a future! How much fuller can our glasses be? When we walk around with pessimism on our lips and a defeatist attitude, we forget who is in control!
Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Is it time for you to look on the bright side? Is there some lemonade that can be made with the lemons you have been handed?
Romans 8:28 – And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.