Are you an optimist or a pessimist?

23 Feb 2022 | By Pst. Gitahi Daniel

Optimism is hopefulness and confidence about the future or the success of something. When one is optimistic, they are hopeful and confident about the future. 

The opposite of optimism is pessimism.  

Being pessimistic is giving up hope easily. A pessimist sees the negative side of things. 

A pessimist expects the worst in a situation. When they pray, they pray amiss.

 You will know whether you are a pessimist if in your prayers you keep grumbling to God about what you are going through. There are people that even threaten God, with how they will leave Him, if He doesn't show up in a given situation. 

The 10 spies in Numbers chapter 13 and 14, were pessimists.

They were completely shaken because of what they saw in the land, God had promised to the house of Jacob. As a result, they took a very negative report to the rest.  

Caleb and Joshua, on the other hand, were optimists. It is no wonder they are the only ones that reached Caanan, of the original group that left Egypt. 

Although they also saw the descendants of Anak, the men of great size, they were not intimidated. 

Caleb and Joshua understood that God was with Israel. 

Joshua and Caleb were of a different spirit.  (Num 14:6) 

1. They saw the fruit 

2. They saw themselves in God's hands. 

3. They were optimistic in God's hands. 

4. They stepped out in faith. 


A pessimist has no faith. Pessimism and lack of faith are closely related. 

Pessimism is largely characterized by the following Enemies of Faith. 



Fear is a snare. You will be entrapped as long as you don't work to get rid of your fear. 


Doubt is when you believe that something is possible then express uncertainty about it. 


No reasons should hinder you from achieving what you ought to. It is interesting that great men of God, throughout the scriptures, tried to give God reasons. Jeremiah said he was too young. Moses said that he was a stammerer. 


Worrying is feeling anxious about possible problems. Jesus in Matt 6:25-34, is telling us not to worry about anything. 


Unbelief is simply reluctance to believe. If God is in it, then why allow skepticism to get in the way? 

In every situation, be an optimist. Troubles will be there but the attitude towards the challenges, makes the whole difference. 

God desires to use optimists. Are you a pessimist or an optimist?


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