My glass is not half full.
There is no silver lining to this storm cloud.
No good can come out of THIS horrible situation.
A string of crummy circumstances had these thoughts going through my head recently. “Everything is the worst,” I grumbled.
My strength in planning – anticipating what might go wrong and preparing for it – has become a weakness in my life. I have thought through probably one thousand different scenarios of catastrophes, and have experienced maybe four or five significantly bad events. I’d say I anticipated maybe one of those events. The rest came out of nowhere. Going through disastrous “what-if” scenarios about the future has had zero helpfulness in actually handling the problems I’ve actually encountered.
I find I am most worried and discouraged when I am relying on myself, and not God. What biblical truths are helpful when we want to turn away from these pessimistic patterns? Here are some scriptures to replace negative thoughts.
Put your hope in Jesus and not people.
2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV tells us “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” While followers of Christ should be aiming for righteousness, they aren’t going to be perfect. People will let you down, just as you have let others down. Our hope is in Christ.
Life here on earth isn’t going to be perfect.
John 16:33 ESV reminds us that “In the world you will have tribulation.” Do we expect as Christians to have a perfect life? We want to be “#blessed” all the time, and often that’s all we allow others to see. The life that doesn’t make the highlight reel of social media often isn’t acknowledged. Talk about your struggles and challenges with trusted people.
Through it all, He’s not leaving us alone.
Even though we know bad things are going to happen and that He will use it for our good (Romans 8:28), we can often feel alone, especially if we only rely on our own strength. God tells us that He will never leave us (Hebrews 13:5). Psalm 18:2 ESV reminds us “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Even in the worst circumstances, we can turn to God to get through it.