By Kayode Kolawole
Turn again, my daughters , go your way; for I am too old to have husband. If l should say, l have hope, if l should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;
Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord is gone out against me. Ruth 1 : 12 – 13.
Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. Ezekiel 37 : 11.
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 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. Job 14 : 7 – 9.
The purpose of this message is to achieve the following.
*To call back those who are about to give up that there is hope.
*To add more vigour to the hope of those whose hope are becoming weak.
*To make all my readers to known that God cares for us than we think.
*To make us cultivate the habit of believing God when facts and figures are compelling us to belief that our cases are over.
*To make use of us as instruments of encouragement to others after we must have been seen publicly as beneficiaries of having hope in the Lord in all situations.
In the book of Ruth 1: 12- 13. The following observations are needful for us to understand the meaning of the topic before us.
-Elimelech, the husband of Naomi died in the land of Moab in search of food for the family.
-Elimelech did not go to Moab under divine instruction but he did by the physical and intellectual calculation of the prevailing circumstances that were unfolding in the land of Israel and its effects on all the families in the land of Israel.
-Mahlon and Chilion, the children of Naomi and Elimelech got married to the daughters of Moab and died as young men.
-Orpah and Ruth who were the widows of the children of Naomi and Elimelech were at the verge of going to Bethlehemjudah with Naomi and on this occasion she gave a sermon of hopelessness with the following facts which is now rampant in the stories of many humans beings who are in the valley of complicated difficulties.
°I am too old to have an husband.
°The present situation is very hopeless.
°Even if I have an husband again, are you sure that l will give birth to male children.
°If l eventually give birth to male children will you waste your precious time waiting for them to grow up.
She produced endless chains of reasons to back up her hopeless condition, but the agenda of God was entirely different from her own narrative.
The children of Israel who found themselves in the valley of dry bones also exhibited hopelessness in the sight of God and man by pronouncing three negative prophesies against themselves in the following order.
~Our bones are dried.
~Our hope is lost.
We are cut off for our parts.
But by the time God came into the scene, he told the prophet to prophesy, the testimony was astonishing.
“So l prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceeding great army.” Ezekiel 37 : 10.
The testimony of Naomi after her personal verdict of hopelessness in God changed because the mercy of God endures for ever. His grace is greater than the myopic and hasty conclusion of man about God in the times of prosperity and adversity.
“So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bare a son.
And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.
And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.
And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.” Ruth 4 : 13 – 16.
There is hope. There is hope. There is hope. This should be the daily slogan of all who are alive irrespective of the situations they may be passing through.
We have men and women who are growing old without resources to get married. There is hope.
Let human beings who are under the affliction of incurable sicknesses say there is hope.
Those who are married for a short and long term without the fruits of the womb are being told by the spirit of God that there is hope.
Men who are labouring in various offices without promotion and tangible progress are positioned by God to say there is hope.
Men who laid the foundations of houses in the past who suddenly encountered difficult problems that made them to stop the project should keep saying, there is hope. Why?
The Bible says “For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and 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.”
My favorite readers, you are welcome to the domain of fresh hope in your Maker who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
Open your heart for him to perform great and wonderful things in all areas of your life as from today and your testimony shall be in tandem with the book of Psalm 71:5 which says “For thou art my hope, O Lord God: thou art my trust from my youth.”
Remain blessed as you make God your hope in all situations you shall find yourself from now till the end of your life.
Your Own Friend.
MFM SW 14 .
Owo ,Ondo State.