There are three dimensions to which hope should be kept alive, which are 1, In God, 2, In Yourself, and 3, In Life, and each of them are both important, because it is possible to have hope in God and not have hope in yourself or in life, and it is also possible to be full of hope in yourself and not have hope in God or in life, while it is also very possible to be full of hope in life and not have hope in God or on yourself.
1. KEEP YOUR HOPE IN GOD ALIVE
The first and most important dimension to keep your hope alive is in God, there should not be any condition or situation that should cause you to lose your hope in God, no matter what you are going through you must endeavor to keep your hope in God alive.“ Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance”. Psalm 42:5
David in this portion of the scripture above lamented and questioned, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me?”, there are a lots of troubles and challenges in life that can cause one’s soul to be cast down and be disquieted within him, what does it mean for someone’s soul to disquieted? It is to be deprived of calmness, equanimity, or peace; it is to be disturbed or troubled. David in spite of what condition he found himself here still understands that he has to keep his hope in God alive, he told his soul hope thou in God, why?. He said, “For I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.”
2. KEEP YOUR HOPE IN YOURSELF ALIVE
The second dimension to keep your hope alive is in yourself, no matter the condition never give up on yourself, don’t allow your present predicaments to becloud you of future achievements, Promises in life may be drowning, marriage engagements failing, ambitions crumbling, dreams shattering, beauty fading away, vaults going bankrupt, ships capsizing and invaluable treasures lost, in all you must still believe in yourself, hope has the proclivity to survive, keep you hope in yourself alive, don’t give up on yourself yet, keep girding your loins, keep saddling your horse, keep on keeping on, because even God will not pick up for you what you gave up for yourself.
“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice”
— Wayne W. Dyer
“Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, so shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform”. (Romans 4:18-21) This scripture speaks about Abraham, against hope he believed in hope, the situation was against hope, it was a hopeless case, at this time he was hundred years old yet “against hope believed in hope”, the cure of hopelessness is hopefulness, the bible said that “he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old”, he did not give up on himself, he kept his hope in himself alive, that the promise God made to him years back that he will be the father of many nations will still come to pass.
3. KEEP YOUR HOPE IN LIFE ALIVE
The third dimension to keep your hope alive is in life, life characterized of unlimited surprises, challenges, troubles and problems undulates themselves in trends that are totally unpredictable, so the tendency to loss one’s hope in life is always present. “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” (Psalm 27:13) David wrote these psalms when he was in the middle of the toughest time of his life. He had just been anointed king, but King Saul was still on the throne, and was insanely jealous of him and was trying to kill him. At that time, David was forced to live in caves and was always running for his life. It was extremely difficult for him, mentally, physically, emotionally and in every way. One of the things that got him through everything was his hope in life; he said, “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” Psalm 27:13.
“A man begins to die when he ceases to expect anything anymore from life”
— Abraham Miller
David instead of becoming pessimistic, he became optimistic, he believed that he would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living, he kept his hope in life alive, David knew that if he had given up hope, if he had believed that God had let him down, and if he had believed what the devil and his circumstances were telling him, that his life would have been destroyed and he never would have fulfilled the call and the plan of God for his life. Yes, God had made him a promise, but it was his confidence that he will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living that brought him out of his difficulties into the blessing. God is a good God and He has good things planned for you, believe that you will see the Lord’s goodness here on earth, and not just in heaven.