You Are Not Hopeless


Give all your worries and cares to God. Let the One who loves you the most be your guide in times of trouble.


Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you (1 Peter 5:7 NLT).


In the movie, Bridge of Spies, Tom Hanks played the American lawyer, James Donovan.

Donovan was assigned to represent the Russian spy, Rudolph Abel, during the U-2 spy exchange in the 1960’s.

Abel was in real trouble for his role as a spy. And each time Donovan explained the possible consequences, Abel seemed unfazed by the news.

This seemed odd to Donovan. So he would ask, “Aren’t you worried?” 

And each time, Abel answered, “Would it help?’

Deep down, you and I know the answer to Abel’s question. Worry never helps; yet when we are faced with trying times, it’s easy for us to worry and feel anxious.

That seems to be the appropriate response. But it doesn’t help. In fact, worry just makes things worse because it takes our eyes off of Jesus and makes us feel hopeless and helpless. 

In Christ, we are neither hopeless nor helpless. We can face trying times with confidence and assurance because of this guarantee: “...I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).


The next time you face a stressful circumstance, remember that worry will not change anything.

But here’s what does — “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7 NLT).

God is not surprised by the circumstance you are in. He knows everything about you. Let the one who loves you most be your strength and wisdom in times of trouble.

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