Is it okay for a Christian to be a pessimist, to “expect misfortune or the worst outcome in any circumstance”? (Webster’s unabridged dictionary). Where does pessimism come from, anyway?
We could easily assume that a person becomes a pessimist because bad things have repeatedly happened to him or her. But there are plenty of Christians out there who have had hard lives who don’t live with a pessimistic outlook on life.
Pessimism, it seems, reveals a belief system that leaves out God – or at least leaves out a belief that God intervenes for our ultimate good and His ultimate glory. Pessimism reveals a kind of “practical atheism,” or at least a practical “deism:” that God isn’t currently involved in our world.
But, the book of Acts presents a very different worldview. In Acts we see that 1) Jesus is very much alive, 2) Jesus is very much sovereign (in control) and 3) Jesus is very much involved in our world and in our lives. If those are all true statements about our Lord, then how can we Christ-followers be pessimists?
Join Pastor Larry McCall in Acts 9:32-43 as he encourages us to remember that our living, sovereign Savior breaks into our world, turning bad things around for our ultimate good and for His ultimate glory.
1. We would probably say that we believe Jesus is alive, Jesus is sovereign, and Jesus is involved. We believe He changes things. He turns things around, sometimes in dramatic ways. How do these truths impact our attitudes? Our prayer lives? Our actions? How do these truths impact the mission of our church?
2. How can your life group help one another keep their faith in the living, sovereign, involved Lord Jesus in the forefront of their beliefs, their prayers and their actions.
3. Read Hebrews 3:12-14 for a reminder of how important it is to have each other’s backs against the danger of “un-belief.”