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The most powerful antidepressant
Pastor Mike Novotny
by Pastor Mike Novotny
March 26, 2024

Dr. Dale Archer, an American psychiatrist, once claimed that if he could package hope and hand it out, it would be better than any other type of antidepressant.

Hope is what keeps us going during the hard times. It’s the belief that life won’t be this bad forever, that things are going to get better, that soon we are going to turn the corner. If you are dealing with something difficult right now—back pain, a strained relationship with your sister, a stressful project at work, etc.—hope is what assures you that you don’t have to bear those burdens for much longer. Things will change.

The problem with most of our hope, however, is that it is not true hope at all. We squeeze the hope out of hope when we say things like, “I hope I feel better tomorrow,” a sentence that is a personal wish and nothing more.

But biblical hope is better. Here’s my go-to definition: Hope is a for-sure future. Paul wrote, “But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently” (Romans 8:25). We can wait patiently for our future because it is for sure.

Your back pain? It will end. Your relationship with your sister? There will be no drama in heaven. Your stress? Rest will reign on the new earth. I guarantee such a future by the promises of a faithful God.

Be patient, child of God, you have a for-sure future in Jesus.