Guiding Principles in The Time of Hopelessness

It is true that at times like now when every part of the world is being faced by the corona virus epidemic it seems hopeless.  It brings us to a conclusion to most of us who are believers in God, that could be God is using this epidemic as a gentle reminder that it’s not about us – it about Him. To finally come to our senses as human beings to know the real purpose as to why we are here – it’s all about Him(God) to have fear for His Holy name, to obey Him, to glorify His holy name in all what we do; in all what we have and who we are.

Guiding principles in the time of hopelessness

  1. Being prisoners of hope and faith in God

If we didn’t have obstacles to overcome and never faced impossible situations, we wouldn’t see the greatness of God’s power. God is good. And He has a good plan for each of our lives. No matter what may be going on right now, God’s plan is unfolding.  “Genesis 22:1& 2 some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love Isaac and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.”

 

God did promise unlimited comparison and mercy to us by giving us His only son Jesus Christ and He promised never again shall He wipe humanity from the face of earth; it is in this promise that we should hold on to just like Abraham who did trust the promise that he shall be blessed through his only son Isaac though God requested him to sacrifice this “promise” that we should have.  That God will never forsake us nor will He leave us a time like now when we need Him to heal us from this deadly virus. We ought to be prisoners of hope and faith in God that He is still a promise keeper – God of compassion and Mercy.

 

  1. Praying our way through the day.

Take time to remember how much God loves you and those you are praying for. God’s love is at the root of all hope and, when we truly love someone, we will do anything for them. This is how God cares for us. Humans are created in his image, which means we get our capacity to love and feel compassion from him. In Matthew 7:911, we read that God wants to give us good things. So, we can be confident when we pray that God hears us and wants good things for us, those we love, and for all his creation. Remember all the ways God has been faithful in the past.  A time like now it may seem difficult to pray like we normally do but even Lord’s prayer is enough! It our faith that God wants. Faith is a living expression that grows as we dare to put it into action. So, if we take time to remember all the miraculous ways He has answered our prayers in the past, we will find new courage and hope a time like now and our faith will grow.

 

  1. Reminding God of his promises in the bible –

“numbers 23:18 God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? “Does he promise and not fulfill?

When we read such scriptures a time like now It reassures us of God’s mighty power and love.  reminding the Most High of his promises reassures us of God’s mighty power and love. It drives away fears and doubts because God can never fail in his promise. Suddenly, it makes us realize how valuable we are to God. It gives us joy even in the midst of our difficulties. It raises our hope to know that God will grant us our heart desires. More so, it gives us a high level of faith in God. In fact, praying with God’s promises reassures us that the Almighty will work marvels for us. it also helps us resist the evil one Once we know longer see our current condition as something God can change, we lose our faith. Sometimes, the evil one can tempt us by letting us see how bad our condition is. However, if we talk to God about his promises, we cannot succumb to the trick of the evil one. Even if the enemy says our conditions is hopeless, Arch Angel Gabriel said nothing is impossible for God. Whatever we are passing through cannot be bigger than God. It encourages us to pray. When we come across any of Lord’s promises, it gladdens our heart and puts us in the mood of prayer. It makes us appreciate God’s love for us. More so, praying with God’s promises is like interacting with the Almighty. This interaction gives us a feeling of satisfaction that will urge us to keep praying to receive more.

 

  1. Not letting what we are seeing and undergoing distrust us from God

“1 Corinthians 10:13 (BBE) You have been put to no test but such as is common to man: and God is true, who will not let any test come on you which you are not able to undergo; but he will make with the test a way out of it, so that you may be able to go through it.” This does not mean that we are capable, in and of ourselves, to weather any storm we might encounter.  God does not want to sit back and watch us take care of ourselves. He wants to take part in our everyday need (Matthew 6:33). He wants us to depend on Him for everything.  The apostle Paul said that he could do all things through Christ who strengthened him (Philippians 4:13).  Paul looked to God to enable him to do everything, and he encourages us to do the same. This verse is one more instance of the Bible reminding us that our strength comes directly from God. We are not strengthened by Him and then sent on our merry way to face the trials and difficulties life throws at us. God is not a motivational speaker. He does not merely encourage us to buck up, get in there, and make it happen. Rather, our strength comes directly from Him through our intimate connection and dependence on Him…minute by minute. Jesus made this very clear when He said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5 ESV).

 

  1. Being thankful in our circumstances.

our praises to our almighty God breaks chains. chains of fear, chains of doubts. Rejoice in the Lord, always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4, NIV). The journey of our lives is just as important as what we’re praying for the cure for corona virus, so while we wait, we should praise God for who He is and all the good things He has, is, and will do.

Comforting thought for the season

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise. let us be still and know He is God; worrying and anxiety will not change anything in our lives. Let us always be still and know that He’s our God.  God is real, He’s divine, He is sovereign. No surprises to Him. He knows everything about us; He knows the next second in our lives; He owns our future.