The children of Israel were being led out of Egypt and many doubted that God could take care of them. They were pessimists. “They spoke against God saying, ‘Can God spread a table in the desert?’” (Psalm 78: 19)
The difference between a pessimist and an optimist is the difference between night and day. The attitude of a pessimist is said to be like a tranquilizer while an optimist’s attitude is a stimulant.
To help you decide which you will be today, there is this little poem.
’Twixt optimist and pessimist
the difference is droll,
the optimist sees the doughnut
while the pessimist sees the hole!
W. L. Phelps is quoted as saying, “I am an optimist because I believe in God. Those who have no faith are quite naturally pessimistic and I do not blame them.”
From the writings of Wendell Harris