In Part 1, I wrote of the importance of naming our fears/pain, feeling the fear/pain, and praying the fear/pain. In this blog I want to share some of my experience of finding hope and faith in this fear-full world. My ideas include: Scriptures of Hope and Faith in the Midst of Fear, Music, Lean on the Body of Christ, and God is With You in All Circumstances and Will Be For All Time.

Scriptures of Hope and Faith in the Midst of Fear:
There are many wonderful examples of faith and hope in the midst of fear in our Bible. Some of the most striking examples are in the Psalms. Let’s look at Psalm 59. The psalmist is clear about the fear he feels.

v.1 – Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; protect me from those who rise up against me. (Perhaps consider whatever fears or pain you are experiencing as your “enemies” as you read this psalm.)

  1. 6 – Each evening they come back, howling like dogs and prowling about the city.

Yet, while the psalmist feels surrounded by these fears, which chase him down every night, the psalmist still proclaims hope and faith.

  1. 16b – I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
  2. 17 – O my strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love.

Follow this link to a page of suggested psalms of lament, God’s promises which we can pray and call upon, and examples of prayers in the midst of tragedy.

Sometimes our faith arises from our heart, as we feel God’s spirit empower us. But there are other times in my experience, that we don’t “feel” this faith or hope at all. In those times, we lead with our mind, by stating our faith, and stating our hope, and praying that with God’s help, we may someday again actually feel it. In other words, we believe it, even when we don’t feel it.

Music:
I often find great hope and consolation in music. There are a couple songs that I have gone to many, many times. What are the songs that bring you hope, that help you find faith when you think it is lost? Here are links to a couple of my favorites.

Don’t Be Afraid

Lift
(This song is based upon Habakkuk 3: 17-19 and I find it tremendously powerful.)

 Lean on the Body of Christ:
We are not alone in this world, in this walk, or even in our fears or pain. When we falter, when we don’t know if we can believe or worship, that is the time to lean on the faith of others. Find one or two, faithful, humble Christians who still believe in spite of it all and walk with them. Lean on them. If they can believe, with time, maybe you can too.

God is With You In All Circumstances and Will Be For All Time:
I believe, and it is my experience, that God meets us at the end of our ropes. When we have used up all our hope, all our strength, all our faith, that is the place we meet Jesus and His love, strength, and peace. That means to me that no matter what happens to me, in the long run, I will be with Jesus and I will be okay. I can endure this or whatever comes. And this gives me the hope, and faith to work to make this world even a little bit better. It gives me the strength to find new ways to love my neighbor and to love God. No matter what is happening, I can hope anyway. No matter what is going on around me, I can pray anyway. No matter the fear, I can believe anyway. And always, always, I can love anyway. And that, even a little bit of that, may be enough.

God bless,
Coe