October 16 2018.
By Chidiebere Dennis Owah.
UNYIELDING OPTIMISM :
“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth” (Job 19:25).
As we look, intently, at the turns that events and economies are taking in our today’s world, one may be tempted to assume the disposition of pessimism and scepticism concerning the future. That is, becoming dubious about the possibility of things turning out favourable in the days ahead. But, a careful look into history, and of course, the Bible, would reveal to us the fact that all the men and women that survived hard times, like Job, were men and women of die hard, dyed-in-the-wool optimism. That means, that they were men and women of incurable PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) they call it. That is what I want us to meditate on in this piece. Lets look at the following points, meanwhile:
1. THE PORTRAIT OF UNFLAGGING OPTIMISM:
“So she went and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel. And it came to pass, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to Gehazi his servant, Behold, yonder is that Shunammite: Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well”(2Kings 4:25, 26).
Actually, what happened here was that this woman had lost her only son and was faced with a hopeless situation. To an ordinary fellow around, she would have given up and pessimistically confessed negatively. But, not this woman, she declared,” it is well”. That is optimism in action. Although, your condition may appear hopeless and helpless, you still tell yourself and those that care to hear you out, IT IS WELL. Looking away from your circumstances and looking unto God Almighty.
2. THE POWER OF UNDYING OPTIMISM:
“David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee. Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands. And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slangs it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David”(1Sam.17:37,45-47,59).
Think about this boy David going against gigantic and gargantuan Goliath to battle. He had a lot of odds against him, yet he was positively optimistic. And, that attitude, coupled with his faith in God, stimulated him to victory.That is what we need, friend, in the face of intimidating challenges. A never-say-die attitude.
3. THE PRACTICE OF UNENDING OPTIMISM:
“Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.” (John11:1, 3,4,11)
As we all know, the Lord Jesus instructed us to learn of Him. And, one of the things we have to learn from Him is his consistent optimism. Nothing, no matter how bad, agitated or moved Him. He always expected the best. That is die hard optimism.
Finally friend, as I round off, I want to remind you where we started. Job declared, “I know my redeemer liveth”. He had a relationship with Christ, the Redeemer. He was redeemed from all sins. He was a child of God. That was why he could develop this attitude of die hard, dyed-in-the-wool optimism. And, dear, I want to appeal to you to make peace with Christ the Redeemer through sincere repentance so that he will give you the enablement to overcome hard times in these last days.
God bless you as you do that.