Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastics 9:4
For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
Reflection: King Solomon comes in with a very strong message. He draws an analogy between a living dog and a dead lion. Even though a lion is noted to be stronger than a dog, they both depend on HOPE to live. However with all the strength that the lion has, at the point of death, it fails to access the power of hope. This power nonetheless remains accessible to the living dog who interestingly is not as physically strong as the lion. What this means is that once alive, the power of hope is available to you and you must utilize it. Hope is therefore essential for the living. Without it, one cannot live meaningfully. In both its Hebrew and Greek renditions, hope is indicative of a ‘strong and confident expectation’. Once you have a strong and confident expectation that something good will happen, you are enabled to work towards it. Hope therefore shapes your thinking and drives you to work towards a particular path to achieve your expectations. Without the functional ability of hope, you are prone to give up quickly in life. Hope belongs to those who are alive. Don’t do without it. Tap into its power and keep going.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to be hopeful in life.
Confession: I refuse to be hopeless. I have hope that things will work out for good in my life. For this reason, I don’t give up but work towards what I desire to see happen.