Despair is disconnect from reality. Your reality is full of hope because you have been created by God for a purpose. Unfortunately, it’s too easy in our culture to get swept away with distraction and get caught up in despair. Try to remember the unseen things like God’s faithfulness because, like we said earlier in the week, hope is invisible.
Today’s CSC is “complete.” Being complete is about being fully in the present moment. The opposite of hope is despair, which is being absent from reality.
Because God’s reality is full of hope! We despair when we disconnect or disengage.
It’s hard to be present. We see a huge amount of disengagement because of technology in our culture. For example, when people are in a restaurant together but on their phones.
Evan thinks there have been lots of ways to be distracted throughout history, but social media seems like a special kind of distraction designed for despair.
We should constantly be asking ourselves, ‘what is good in this moment?’ Try to remember the unseen things like God’s faithfulness because, like we said earlier in the week, hope is invisible.
Example of this concept from 1 Cor.13:9-12: We see now through a glass darkly—but then I will know and be fully known. This is our hope!
Despair is like slack hands on the reins of a horse. Then life takes you wherever it wants to go—places you didn’t want to go. So you get more trapped in despair.
We need to have hope. The only way to move away from despair is to move closer to Jesus. All other kinds of movement are false hope.
We tend to say “I hope” and that means “i wish,” but, in the Bible, hope is a guarantee because you trust the guaranteer.
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