AT A TIME LIKE THIS
“For to him that is joined to all the living, there is hope:for a living dog is better than a dead lion”- Ecclesiastes 9:4.
Hope means simply an expectation or desire for something to happen. Without hope, life loses meaning.
Faith, which is the believer’s elixir of life, is effectual only because of its large constituent of hope. According to the above scripture, as long as there is life, there is hope. By implication, no matter how terrifying the present situation, since we are still alive, there is every cause to believe that God will preserve us through it. Proverbs 10:24 assures that God always grants the desires of the righteous. His expectations are never cut off, even if they tarry.
In a time of severe trial or crisis, a believer without hope is a prime prey for capture. His faith soon evaporates and if at all he pretends to pray, his supplications are mere motions lacking the fire to attract heavenly attention. Thus, he is easily drowned in the raging storm, or devoured by the roaring lion. If you lose anything at a time of trial, let it not be hope, for hope is your life-jacket to swim to safety shore. Hold on to it firmly.
Hope draws out dormant strength and sees beyond the immediacy of the dark tunnel, energizing its recipient to bear temporary pain for the glory ahead. It expedites healing, and brings out the sweetness in adversity. It enabled the Savior to endure the pains of Calvary, despising the shame of the occasion, Hebrews 12:2. Hope paid off, for now, our Blessed Redeemer sits at His Father’s right hand, proffering allocutus on our behalf. It will pay off for you, too.
Indefinite involuntary restriction/isolation has the dangerous potential to drain hope and lure into despondency. Therefore, it is important to daily stoke the fire of hope so it’s flame remains aglow.
How is this to be done?
1. By daily loading ourselves with the benefit of our Maker’s Words of Promise and Assurance, from the Holy Scriptures. Nothing feeds hope better than the Words of He Who is our Hope-Christ in us, our Hope of Glory, Colossians 1:27, for if He be with us, who or what can be against us?Romans 8:31. His words never fail, and if they never fail, then the hope that they give is never in vain, for those who hope and persevere till the end, are saved. Mathew 24:13.
2. By maintaining constant communication with God, the only One able to turn hope to testimony. Praying without ceasing or season ensures heavenly recognition and easy admittance into the Holy Presence of God before whom, hope is never disappointed, because there, Our Hope(Jesus), awaits us with open beckoning arms, bidding us, ‘welcome’. Let prayer warm your soul constantly at a time like this, and you will be amazed how God enjoys your company.
3. By enthralling praise and worship. God loves music. He can’t resist holy praise emanating from a contrite, but cheerful and grateful heart, eagerly making it His habitation, Psalm 22:3. Praiseful Worship galvanizes hope, reminding God of the presence of a potential permanent worshipper in spirit and truth, whose hope needs to be quickly converted to testimony, that his lips might become everlasting holy cymbals of adoration.
4. By ensuring the presence of the Holy Spirit. Our best friend, Teacher and most needed companion in confinement, is the Holy Spirit, the Great Comforter, John 14:16. By Him, we receive notice of God’s plan ahead, obtain sustaining grace, and are put a step ahead of the adversary. Unlike human company, He neither bores nor offends. He ministers hope and courage, ensuring sustenance until the perfect day.
In conclusion, a hopeful man or woman is undefeatable. If he falls, hope brings him back to his feet. If he stumbles, hope keeps him steady. In crisis, hope keeps him afloat until rescue comes. Whatever adverse situation you may be facing at this time, remember God’s assurance that as long as you are alive, your victory is only a matter of time. If ever there was an addiction divinely sanctioned, hope it is, so, drink on!