Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Embracing Hope at Hard Times

"Look, even if the LORD should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?" 2 Kings 7:19
These words by the officer echo the valley of hopelessness he was going through.

The entire city of Samaria was facing acute famine. So horrendous was the famine that pigeons’ dropping was unaffordable and a donkey’s head was a luxury. More so, a mother wouldn’t mind boiling the child she begot, so that she could eat him and fill her growling stomach.

Are you going through a similar hopeless situation in your life. Do you say it is impossible for a miracle to happen. How could this be? Even if God would open the floodgates of heaven, my life wouldn’t change. My disease wouldn’t leave. I can never achieve this.

The whole lot of people were going through a hopeless situation. When all hope of survival was lost, here comes the words of the prophet Elisha. "This is what the Lord says: About this time tomorrow, a seah of the finest flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.”   

For the people deprived and dying, the words of Elisha were absurd. In such a seemingly hopeless time, for a miracle to happen ‘tomorrow’ sounded ridiculous.

Elisha’s words did come to pass. The dreadful famine disappeared in a day’s time, in a way that the people couldn’t have even imagined. However, the doubting officer was not alive to experience it.

At hard times, you need to cling on to hope that wouldn’t disappoint. In Christ, you have endless hope. Don’t give up. Without hope, things get worse soon. God needn’t open heavens for a miracle to take place in your life. A wave of His hand or a mere whisper of His mouth can change what you are going through. 

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