Some of Israel’s ‘prophets’ of old were censured for telling the people what they wanted to hear.

People don’t want bad news about themselves. They want to be told not to worry because everything will turn out fine.

People in bad situations, as Israel often were for their abandonment of God, especially want to hear that things are not as bad as they appear, and that there are good times just around the corner. A false hope. And the false prophets were more popular than the real ones who were telling the truth.

But are we victims of such a problem today? Could those of us who promote hopefulness and a positive faith be charged with being like those false prophets of old, telling people what they want to hear, misleading people about the seriousness of their situation?

Most definitely not. Because having a positive faith is not about ignoring what’s wrong in our situation, or ignoring the will of God for us. The will of God for us is that we don’t lose heart, that we continue to trust Him, that if necessary we hope even when it looks hopeless, as Abraham did when presented with a seemingly impossible situation (Romans 4. 18).

The world is full of trouble and, naturally speaking, the outlook is grim.  But the gospel – good news – in the Bible gives us hope for a far better future.

So, being a Christian means we always try to encourage each other. Read the Bible, then give it a try!