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Lord, Let Me Not Be Ashamed of My Hope (Part 11)

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Over three decades ago I become interested in the Bible, having drank from the heavenly cup once, I have not been tired to drink more


Some of the Negative Effects of Optimism

I will want us to see from the scriptures some of the things that optimism causes some of the ancient believers for us to learn from.

i) Ungodly Mixture:

When we employ optimism like Sarah did, especially in marriage, it can lead to ungodly procreation. We noticed something like this with the Israelis when they were in slavery land as they started marrying those God has not approved them to marry all because they want to see how it will play out. This caused them a lot of troubles later.

“Neh 13:3 Now it came to pass, when they had heard the law, that they separated from Israel all the mixed multitude.”

ii) Unperfected Healing/Restoration:

Those nine lepers who hinged on optimism did not receive perfect healing because they failed to apply hope based on faith like the Samaritan. Therefore, their cleansing could not be considered perfect like the one who applied hope related faith.

“Luk 17:17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?

Luk 17:18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

Luk 17:19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.”

iii) Losing Their Glory/Honor:

The glory that God has designed for a person to have, one may lose it based on his or her optimism like General Barak in the book of Judges 4-5.

“Jdg 4:9 And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.”

iv) They Make Grievous Mistake:

Believers who substituted optimism for hope make serious mistakes. Take the case of Judah for example, when his daughter in-law discovers that he was playing her, she acted wisely and the man had carnal knowledge of her, thereby given birth to children for him.

“Gen 38:26 And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She hath been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more.

Gen 38:27 And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold, twins were in her womb.

Gen 38:28 And it came to pass, when she travailed, that the one put out his hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first.

Gen 38:29 And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out: and she said, How hast thou broken forth? this breach be upon thee: therefore his name was called Pharez.

Gen 38:30 And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zarah.”

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v) It Can Cause Recession:

The Israelis have been optimistic of what the Lord will do for them when the Syrians laid siege to their territories. Instead of applying hope based faith, committing their plight into prayers through the prophet of God, they kept on being optimistic until the situation gets out of hand and the economy collapsed totally, such that people started feasting on their children, adding sin to sin.

“2Ki 6:24 And it came to pass after this, that Benhadad king of Syria gathered all his host, and went up, and besieged Samaria.

2Ki 6:25 And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's dung for five pieces of silver.

2Ki 6:28 And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow.

2Ki 6:29 So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son.”


vi) It Can Cause Epidemic/Pandemic:

The Israelis were being optimistic, hoping for a change of heart for the people of God when they got to Shittim, but this never happened, until God started dealing with them,

“Num 25:9 And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand.”

vii) It Can Cause Unanswered Prayers:

Naaman the warrior’s prayers would not have been answered assuming he continued in this position of optimism when the prophet told him to go and bathe in river Jordan.

“2Ki 5:10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.

2Ki 5:11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.”

We can see what Naaman’s response was to the message sent by Prophet Elisha to him, he says, “I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.”

This is what optimists’ do they will be viewing a situation from a perspective other than that of God thereby indirectly cause hindrance to their prayers.

viii) It Can Result in Untimely Death:

The chief on whom the King lean, the right hand man of the King during the epidemic, when he hears what the prophet said, it did not meet with hope in him, what it met in him was optimism. He expressed his optimism and this result in his waterloo.

“2Ki 7:1 Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the LORD, To morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.

2Ki 7:2 Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the LORD would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.”

Having seen some of the things that optimism causes, we can see that this is why God desires us to be filled with Hope entrenched in faith.


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