Focus on God’s Goodness in Your Darkest Days - Daily Hope with Rick Warren - August 3, 2020
Focus on God’s Goodness in Your Darkest Days
By Rick Warren
“When I had lost all hope, I turned my thoughts once more to the Lord” (Jonah 2:7 TLB).
When you feel hopeless, choose to think about the one thing you know will lift your spirit: the goodness of God.
How did Jonah do it? “When I had lost all hope, I turned my thoughts once more to the Lord” (Jonah 2:7 TLB).
That’s the answer to hopelessness! You turn your thoughts to God. You think about his goodness, his greatness, his love, his fairness, and his kindness.
In the New Testament, the Greek word for this is metanoia or repentance. Repentance doesn’t just mean you stop doing bad stuff. It means you change your mind and look at life from God’s viewpoint instead of your own.
Corrie ten Boom, a survivor of the Nazi death camps, once said, “If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. If you look at God, you’ll be at rest.”
Everything depends on where you’re looking.
As you focus your attention on God’s goodness, look to his Word. One of the verses I’ve leaned on during some of the darkest times of my life is Psalm 27:13, which says, “I know that I will live to see the Lord’s goodness in this present life” (GNT).
It’s a great reminder that God’s purpose in your life is greater than whatever problem you’re facing.
Even though it may be difficult, instead of focusing on your worries, choose to look up and turn your “thoughts once more to the Lord.”
For more Daily Hope with Rick Warren, please visit pastorrick.com!
Thanks for Sharing the Hope of Jesus with the World Through Your GivingTuesday Gift!
In a time when people are struggling with health issues, relationship troubles, and financial instability, Pastor Rick’s relatable and down-to-earth teaching is unlocking the Bible so people can find true and lasting healing through Jesus.
Millions are being reached . . . but billions more are still waiting.
And there’s nothing more important at this crucial moment in history than for us to boldly live out our faith—and bring more people to Jesus.
Today’s $25,000 Matching Grant is an outstanding opportunity to extend your impact further—so even more people can hear the Gospel and become followers of Jesus.
As thanks for your GivingTuesday gift, we’ll send you Pastor Rick’s book, God’s Power to Change Your Life. This inspiring hardback book is filled with simple but profound truths from the Bible to help you experience the life change you’ve been longing for.
Thank you for your generous GivingTuesday gift—doubled thanks to the Match—to help even more people around the world hear about the certain hope of Jesus. We appreciate you!
All gifts will be doubled up to the full amount of the grant. Thank you for your generous support!
*The USA IRS code permits you to deduct the amount of your financial gift to Daily Hope that exceeds the fair market value of materials you received from Daily Hope.
This devotional © 2018 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
You can listen to Rick Warren on OnePlace.com.