Few days ago, my immediate younger sister reminded me about the similarities between what we are going through now with COVID-19 and what happened 50 years ago during the Nigerian civil war that took place from 1967-1970. We were teenagers then, but have vivid memories of the past. The one thing we had then was hope in God. Our hope in God led us into constant prayer and unassailable faith. We lacked food and medications, we faced the threat of death, starvation and dangers, but were full of hope. Hope helps in adversity.
Hope is positive expectation. It means having a positive expectation of the future. It means not despairing or allowing the devil to conquer your faith in God. Hope is knowing that what God says is true and would come to pass.
These are precarious times, but not matter how uncertain the times may be we must have hope in God. When the children of Israel were in captivity and the future looked so bleak and uncertain, God’s words to them was, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). This means that even when all things are contrary to our expectations, we still have a future. Have hope in God, he will not fail you.
PASTOR AUSTEN UKACHI