Hope Overflowing – In the Face of Covid-19Sue Afutu
Hope Overflowing – In the Face of Covid-19
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will ﬁll you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overﬂow with conﬁdent hope through the power of the Holy Spirit”.[Romans 15:13: NLT]
It is said that hope is the only thing common to all men. But sometimes we come to a place in our lives where we seem to be losing hope. Hope that things would get better; hope that tomorrow would be better than today. Similarly, the Covid-19 pandemic has cast a shadow of uncertainty over the nations of the world. Many wonder when the pandemic would be halted in their nation and in the world at large so life can return to normal. As we observe the guidelines for hygiene given by the World Health Organisation, we must remind ourselves of certain truths.
In our moments of hopelessness we need to draw ever closer to God in prayer, for He is the source of hope as the Scripture above tells us.
We need to ask him to ﬁll us completely with joy and peace. We can be ﬁlled with joy and peace as we remind ourselves that God is in control of the events of our lives and the unfolding events of the world (Romans 8:28; Psalm 46). As we put our trust in him through prayer, we would ﬁnd ourselves overﬂowing with conﬁdent hope, not by our own power but by the power of the Holy Spirit. We would then be able to say like Paul that “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” Romans 8: 37.
Be gone, unbelief;
my Savior is near,
and for my relief
will surely appear;
by prayer let me wrestle,
and he will perform;
with Christ in the vessel,
I smile at the storm.
(John Newton 1779)