Hope is the anchor of life, keep it alive, and don’t give up on life yet, what is the need of living? If you will not live with hope (expectations of what God will do and can do in your life) No situation is hopeless, except you are, and you are only helpless, when you are hopeless. Keep your hope alive, don’t let it die, no matter what life brings or refuse to bring. Recently, I read about a man whose only shop and everything inside it got burnt down by fire, the next day he came and placed a sign post upon the heap of the ashes, and it reads…“Everything is gone except my life my family and HOPE, business continues.” No matter what you have lost, if you have not lost hope, you have not lost all. Hope is one virtue that is available and accessible to anyone at any point in life, while there are so many things you may not have access to sometimes; at such times hope becomes your only resort. Hope they say is “the most universal of all human possessions.”
“There was a moment in my life when I really wanted to kill myself. And there was one other moment when I was close to that. . . . But even in my most jaded times, I had some hope.”
— Gerard Way
We live in a world full of troubles, people are losing their jobs, the stock market is failing, natural disaster occurs often, and so much uncertainty in what the future holds. In today’s system of leadership there is little or no hope for the people, however as long as there is still breathe in your nostril remain hopeful. In Ecclesiastes 9:4 the Bible says “For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.” It is a great privilege to be alive, whatever God is going to do in your life will be done while you are yet alive, you being alive till this moment is a sign that there is still something you are living for, it’s a direct a clue that God hasn’t finished with you yet. To be alive and not have hope in life is an abuse on life itself, every time you wake up in the morning the next thing to do is to bring your hope alive again.
“There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.”
— Bernard Williams
Job a man I personally called the man of hope, had such an experience in his life, in Job 7:6 he said “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle and are spent without hope.” Hear was a man so blessed of God, “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east” (Job 1:1-3). But in one day he lost everything he had” (Job 1:13-19)
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
Martin Luther King
But I thank God that Job before the end of his life said there is hope in Job 14:7 “For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease”. Where are you in life today? Have you been cut down financially that you can’t even feed yourself or your family? Or can’t pay your bills? Have you been cut down martially? That there is nothing to show from your marriage? There is hope for you my dear, you will sprout again, you just need to keep your hope alive, weeping may endure till the night but joy comes in the morning, hope for your morning to come, for it will surely come, and it will come with joy.
“Hope predicts what can be, at the expense of what has been.”
— George Ifeanyi
Here is the concluding aspect of the life of Job after he kept his hope alive. “So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. He had also seven sons and three daughters. And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Keren-happuch. And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren. After this lived Job a hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations.” (Job 42:12-16) Don’t give up on life yet, “for better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof” (Eccl 7:8) Where you are now in life is not the issue but where you choose to be! It is not over until God says it is all over.