17 And I will wait upon the Lord, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.
When all lose heart and feel that God has hidden His face from them, I will continue to look for Him. It's tempting to look at the world around us, to see the downward spiral of morals, and to wonder if God has forsaken us. He is there. His arm is not shortened, but it is stretched out still, and if we reach for Him in prayer and in quiet meditation, we will feel Him near us even in this sometimes dark world.
I am optimistic and look with hope to the future. There will be terrible things, but there will also be great things. I am not afraid. Here is the beautiful promise of the LORD to those who faithfully wait for Him (Isaiah 54):
8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.
10 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.
11 O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.
12 And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.
13 And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
14 In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.
15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.
17 No aweapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.