In Genesis, God speaks the universe into being. Reality is vocalised into existence. Words create worlds.
Our words create worlds too; as we pray, and as we go about our lives. ‘Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs.’ (Ephesians 4:29). Words can build and they can destroy – we get to choose which one.
Language has creative potency. We can declare that love and hope are alive, even if it feels as though they are not. We can reject cynicism and despair and speak instead of hope – real hope; hope that doesn’t ignore the darkness, but enters into it.
In Proverbs, we are implored to ‘Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.’ (Proverbs 31:8-9)
Speech and the creation of a better world are intertwined. We find hope by not staying silent.
Pray with us
Take the time to pray about this. Find some paper to write on, or use your phone or computer.
Write down a list of everything that is making you feel uncertain at the moment. This can include anything you have seen in the news that you are worried about, or anything going on in the world that is heavy on your heart. Leave a few lines of space after each thing that you write.
Once you have finished, write the following declaration in each of the spaces:
Loving God, I choose hope. I choose Christ. I choose to help.
I choose to believe in restoration. I choose to believe in goodness.
I choose to believe in you.
Then, look with that hope to those situations, and imagine what it would look like for God’s to move in them. You may want to revisit these statements from the article above:
We find hope by seeing not darkness alone, nor light alone – but light in the darkness.
We find hope in Christ. In the belief that all things can be made new, and that we can join in.
We find hope in the collective. We find hope in each other.
We find hope by not staying silent.
Spend some time listening to God after this, and continue to pray as you feel led.