Happy New Year guys and welcome to 20….18!!!
Am excited and glad to welcome you all to 2018, this shall be a year of glad tidings for us all. Amen.
So, it’s the beginning of another year and some people might be entering this year with just the perfect amount of trepidation, resulting in inactivity and preventing them from attempting or possibly doing what God has asked them to do in 2018 just so they won’t have to confront another failure. Probably due to extended failures of the past.
Well, I bring you glad tidings. It is okay to still try again and to hope again. You see one of the greatest things in life is hope. Paul writing in 1 Corinthians 13 classifies hope as one the great things to have in life after love while not forgetting faith. We are even saved by hope – Romans 8:24. 1 Corinthians 13:13 says, “And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love”.
Let me try to let you see why you have need of hope especially in the face of persistent trials and failures. Hope is a refuge, a sure and steadfast anchor for the soul of man when the storms of life rage and try to overtake us. Hebrews 6:18-19, “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil”. This hope we have is in God, a source of strong consolation whose promises are yes and amen in Christ. For if He did not withhold Christ from us, how shall He not with Him give us all things – Romans 8:32.
Our hope is established and rooted in the love of God. Romans 5:5, “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us”. For if we have the love of God in our hearts and trust in Him even as by the help of the Holy Spirit, that He is for us and that the thoughts He has for us are of peace to give us an expected end, not thoughts of evil, then will we hope in Him. An example here is that of our patriarch, Abraham. His case of childlessness at ninety-nine (99) years of age with a promise from God, a promise that was in itself 24 years old by that time could have left Abraham hopeless. Not to mention that at ninety-nine, God changed his name to Abraham (Father of many nations) though he was yet to physically have his son and heir, Isaac which he finally got at a hundred (100) years old.
Abraham, when hopelessness wanted to step in, the bible says in Romans 4:18-21 that he “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”.
Abraham was fully persuaded that He that had promised was able to perform. His hope rested in the love of God and in the faithfulness of God, that God won’t keep him hanging onto only promises forever. Our God cannot lie and He is a faithful God. Job 14:7-9, “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. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant”.
Ecclesiastes 9:4 says that “For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion”. Don’t give up just yet! Let go the resignation and despair for they that do know their God shall be strong and shall do exploits! – Daniel 11:32 Know your God is for you, that He loves you and has you in His thoughts.
Finally, Hebrews 10:36-37. “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise”. Be patient with God, raise your chin, fold your sleeves and get back into the race! It’s not over until it is over!
Congratulations. You made it to 2018!