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.
Reflections: King Solomon submits that the power of hope remains available to a living dog but inaccessible to a dead lion. This posits hope as an essential ‘ingredient’ for the living. 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. The power of hope is what you need to ensure that you don’t ever give up. Deferring hope will therefore be catastrophic. Proverbs 13:12 describes such a move as that which makes the heart sick. Remain hopeful in life. It is the forerunner of faith!
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.