Bible Verses for Optimists and Optimism
Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Commended by Archbishop Philip Freier
Revelation 21:3-4 “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Cited by Randy Alcorn and Jack Wellman
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Commended by Jack Wellman
Jeremiah 32:40-41: I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and soul.
Cited by Dr Charley Lynn Chase
Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
Cited by Rachael Popcak, Gregory Popcak and Jack Wellman
Ephesians 5:18b-19 “be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.”
Commended by Jack Wellman
Acts 2:42-44 “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common.”
Commended by Jack Wellman
Don’t we have every reason to be optimistic? We have had our sins forgiven (Col 1:14). We have had the righteousness of Christ imputed or accounted toward us (2 Cor 5:21) and we who have repented and trusted in Christ have eternal life (John 3:16). This means that when Christ returns, we won’t have to face the so-called second death (Rev 20:14) and that gives believers every reason to have optimism about their future.
Sometimes it feels like it’s hard to be optimistic in the midst of stressful situations. But often this is due to a misunderstanding of what true optimism really means.
Theology of The Body reminds us that optimism isn’t rooted in wishing our problems away or telling ourselves pretty lies about how things aren’t really as bad as they seem. TOB explains that our optimism is rooted in the fact that at the beginning of time, God had a plan for the world and that–in spite of sin thwarting that plan in the present–God’s plan will be restored through grace at the end of time. The fact is, as St Paul reminds us in Rom 8:28 all things work to the good for those who love God.
Randy Alcorn in "Godly Optimism"
If we build our lives on the redemptive work of Christ, we should all be optimists. Why? Because even our most painful experience in life is but a temporary setback. Our pain and suffering may or may not be relieved in this life, but they will certainly be relieved in the next. That is Christ’s promise—no more death or pain. He will wipe away all our tears (Revelation 21:4). He took our sufferings on Himself so that one day He might remove all suffering from us, which is the biblical foundation for our optimism. No Christian should be a pessimist. We should be realists, focused on the reality that we serve a sovereign and gracious God. Because of the certainty of Christ’s atoning sacrifice and His promises, biblical realism is optimism.
We begin with Jeremiah 32:40-41: I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and soul.
These words give us five optimism-fueling facts.
Optimism-fueling fact one: In these words God commits to you. These words are as much yours as a check written to you or a present with your name on it. The apostle Peter assures you that through Jeremiah’s “precious and very great promises” (2 Peter 1:4) God is speaking to you as directly and individually as He did when He called to Adam in the Garden of Eden.
Optimism-fueling fact two: In these words God commits to doing something for you. That’s what a “covenant” is. It’s the equivalent of God signing an ironclad, no loophole contract. It’s a formal, official, no-walking-it-back promise, written with the indelible ink of God’s faithfulness on the stationary of His omnipotence. In sum, a covenant is God telling us, “May I cease being God if I don’t do for you what I give you my word I’ll do.”
Optimism-fueling fact three: In these words God commits to being good to you. Reread the verses and you’ll see He says this twice. Repetition is God’s way of enlarging the font for emphasis. He wants you to know He’s as serious about being good to you as He is about casting Satan into the lake of fire. You can’t get more serious than that!
Optimism-fueling fact four: In these words God commits to being good to you all the time. He says He “will not turn away” from doing you good. That means He won’t stop. Ever. Not even for a split second. Moment by moment, He’s up to your good. You can say to every second of every day of every week of every month of every year of your life what Joseph said to his brothers: “God meant it for good” (Genesis 50:20). The New Testament’s one sentence autobiography of Jesus is “He went about doing good” (Acts 10:38). And through Jesus, God is going about doing you good—all the time!
Optimism-fueling fact five: In these words God gladly commits to being good to you all the time. He “rejoices” in doing you good. Meaning it brings Him pleasure. What pleasure? The pleasure of demonstrating His incomparable grace by being good to one who deserves nothing but the worst. Doing good to you satisfies Him, makes the angels sing, and elicits praise from others. Doesn’t it make you praise Him too?
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