Where can we find everlasting hope?

I will start this piece by echoing these words of Joseph Addison a renowned English essayist who once said that “three grand essentials to happiness in this life are; something to do, something to love and something to hope for”

In the adversities of this life which we all face in different forms, we cannot survive the magnitude and pressure it leaves us with if we do not have something to hope for; something to hold on to.

Being hopeful is being optimistic and expecting something or someone; Hope is about looking forward to a promising future. Yet multitudes of people have lost their hope. Some feel hopeless about specific areas such as their marriage, children, health, finances, or job.

But for others, this emotion permeates their entire lives. They exist but have no aspirations, dreams, or goals. This is not the way God intends for us to live. He created us to live with a sense of purpose, working toward goals with anticipation for things to come. Various life circumstances cause people to experience hopelessness which in big part explains the shocking various scenes we see on the news today; many cases of depression, drug abuse and addiction, suicide cases, mass shootings and other sorts of extreme anti-social behaviour.

Each one of us has been through a certain experience in life. I personally have my own story of despair and failure. But I have come to discover one secret which I won’t hesitate to share today. When you say yes to the God who came to seek us and who is always looking out for us, then you will have ultimate peace and hope for today and tomorrow. You will simply understand that life is worth living.

Doctors and therapists have tried their best, and I applaud their efforts in trying to help people overcome their pressing life situations. Scientists have come up with antidepressant drugs such as pristiq desvenlafaxin and others to help curb the increase in cases of suicidal thinking and behaviour. But I have to tell you that being suicidal or hostile, irritated, aggressive, impulsive, restless, hopeless et cetera is not only a state of the mind, it is also Spiritual. It is beyond the layout, it touches the core of man. It is therefore God alone who can deal with the underlying cause of despair.

As I write this piece, I know that there is someone out there who is probably in despair, who is hurting, who has lost a loved one, who is depressed, who is discouraged, who lives in fear of the unknown, who is fighting the feeling of inferiority, who is frustrated, who feels guilty, someone who is insecure, someone who is lonely, insulted, rejected, worried and someone battling pain in one way or another. I will be upfront and practical; if you could only allow God to rule your life, He will take care of all that and beyond. Those who have tasted the goodness of God will agree with me that it brings ultimate joy and peace to say yes to God’s Lordship.

Let me share with you a story in the gospel of John chapter 4 from verse 1 to 42. It is a story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman. The story illustrates how this woman found hope after living a life of an outcast for quite a long time.

This was the case for the Samaritan woman; first of all, she made wrong choices, second she repeatedly failed, third she may have felt trapped, finally she was isolated from her community. If you read the above passage you will realise that this Samaritan woman used to go down to the well at mid-day when nobody else was neither on the way nor at the well itself. She was ashamed of her social status, she was a prostitute.

Most of us might identify with these same experiences; made a wrong choice or decision, failed repeatedly, feel stuck, feel desperate and rejected and dejected . Do you want to have a breakthrough? Do you want to have a happy ending to your misery? Do you want something sustainable? Then accept to have a personal encounter with God. Your life will not be the same.

When the Samaritan woman had a personal encounter with Jesus, her life was radically changed. She had begun her day as a rejected and hopeless woman but found her hope in Jesus because He accepted her the way she was and loved her unconditionally. Allow God to rule your life and see how liberating it is.
The writer is a Graduate student of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, USA and a preacher of the Word of God.
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