Put your hope in God.
Simeon, a devout old man, had seen his world descend into depressing disaster: his homeland had fallen to foreign rule; political corruption, immorality, and religious decay had decimated decency.
But he held on to hope. “It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.” When Mary came into the temple with a baby on her hip, Simeon knew who the child was. He took baby Jesus in his arms, saying, “Now my eyes have seen your salvation.” Messiah was here; the future secure.
However hopeless your world seems, it’s not. God will have the last word. “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God” (Ps 42:5).
When discouragement says, “Give up,”
hope says, “Never!”