Optimism chooses to see how circumstances could work out for the best. Biblical hope, however, is not based on circumstances. Hopeful people in the Bible often face difficult times with no evidence that things will get better, but they choose to hope because they trust God’s words of promise and his good character. For example, Israel’s prophet Micah lived amid injustice and evil. He grieved and protested against the injustice while still looking to God for hope.
Reflection and Discussion Questions:
- What specific troubles does Micah list in verse 6, and how does he respond in verses 7 and 8?
- What are some of the troubles around you right now? How does Micah’s response encourage or challenge you today?