Text: 1 Peter 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”.
During my secondary school days, one of the subjects I really enjoyed, and would not miss a class for anything, was Biology. At that time I was still struggling to cope with my education, as I dint catch up quickly, because of my background.
Then I loved this subject so much, because it didn’t have much to do with calculations or equations, on like Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, sounds funny; but that’s just the truth. I just liked listening to the stories, as I learned new things about living things, their structures, functions, and their taxonomies. One of the topics in this subject I became very familiar with was, “The seven characteristics of living things.” of which death is one of them, living thing do die. hope can also die. Apostle Peter in his second epistle as seen in the text above described the hope we have been born into as a lively hope,
Hope predicts of what can be, at the expense of what has been.George Ifeanyi
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 you are still breathing you have to remain hopeful. Ecclesiastes 9:4 says “For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.”
There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.Bernard Williams
I once read about a man called Horatio Gates Spafford, he was a lawyer, a business man who owned a great deal of property and considerable wealth. Horatio had a wife with five children; but tragedy came in when their only son died. Then a year later, a massive fire swept through Chicago, including many properties owned by Horatio. That day, almost 300 people lost their lives. Two years later he decided his family should take a holiday in England. Delayed because of business, he sent his family ahead: his wife and their four remaining children. However, while crossing the Atlantic, an iron sailing ship struck their ship, 226 people lost their lives, as the ship sank within only twelve minutes. All four of his daughters perished, but his wife survived. On receiving the message, he set off to meet his wife, during the voyage, the captain summoned him to the bridge of the ship, pointing to his charts, he explained that they were then passing over the very spot where the ship his family traveled with had sunk, and where his daughters had died. Spafford returned to his cabin and wrote the hymn “It is well with my soul”. He kept his hope alive and God gave him other children.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.Martin Luther King
Friend no matter what has died in your life, business or family, if your hopes have not died, not all has died. Hope is the anchor of life do not let it die, keep it alive irrespective of what life brings or refuses to bring. What is the hope of living if you will not live with hope? 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,” keep it alive, weeping may endure until 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.
©George Ifeanyi April 2017
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