Nevers Mumba, in his Easter message, says there is hope in God’s ability to heal Zambia through a determined and hardworking people.
He says this Easter should be the launching pad to leave behind the many scourges of corruption, hatred, bitterness, injustice and embrace the virtues of love, unity, peace and godliness.
“With hope, life takes on a new meaning. If our nation has ever needed the message of hope, it is now. Prior to the passion week of suffering, crucifixion and resurrection, our Lord Jesus Christ had given His disciples a message of hope. ‘…The son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men: And they shall kill Him and the third day He shall rise again…. And they were exceeding sorry” (Mat. 17:22-23).
“Instead of the disciples being confident and happy that the sufferings of their master would result in a great resurrection, the Bible says…’they were exceeding sorry….’ They lost hope.”
Mumba said Easter teaches that there was no resurrection without death.
“Sometimes, our personal fortunes and those of our nation will seem depleted by the day. This state of affairs triggers the feeling of hopelessness. But in His message of hope to His disciples, Jesus assured them that although He would be betrayed and killed, He would rise again after three days. The down side of man is his ability to magnify the death of a thing instead of casting his eyes on the resurrection of a better thing,” he said.
“Zambia may seem to be in the decline with our national reserves at their lowest, a weakening Kwacha, a disunited people and a population surrounded by high poverty levels, but hope in God’s ability to heal our nation through a determined and hardworking people should raise our levels of hope.”
Nevers is right in calling the nation to an Easter of hope. But more than hope, there is need to resurrect from the preference of failure. The country needs a reawakening, knowing fully that it takes citizens to rebuild – to bring sanity in all spheres of life.
Our country must seek repentance – to use this Easter as a launching pad to leave behind the many scourges of corruption, hatred, bitterness, injustice and embrace the virtues of love, unity, peace and godliness. The nation must now aspire for a corruption free society, filled with love for one another, justice and rule of law.
All that we endeavour to do will remain a pipedream if the nation continues on a path of corruption, bitterness, hatred, injustice and sorts of vices.
By maintaining the status quo, the nation, in short, will devour itself.
Truly, given the endless list of problems facing our country today, while the leadership point to the massive infrastructure development, it is not easy for citizens to lose hope. This is because even Christians at one point have had the fear of hope!
Joe Wilner once said: “Hope is the life force that keeps us going and gives us something to live for. Hope is a crucial part of dealing with life’s problems and maintaining resilience in the face of obstacles. Even a glimmer of hope that our situation will turn around can keep us going. Though, when we begin to lose hope, things can seem bleak. When we run into constant resistance and are prevented from reaching our goals, we can start to feel like there is nothing to live for. If we can’t get to where we want to be and don’t feel in control of our life, what’s the point? If you or someone else is feeling apathetic and are tired of running the rat race of life you may be starting to lose hope. In order to open up new and fulfilling possibilities for your future, you may need to nurture hope.”
According to Quora: When there are problems, and when you can’t find the solution to it, you start to demonstrate ‘learned helplessness’, and lose the confidence in yourself to solve life’s problems. When you feel that you are powerless to steer your own life’s direction, you get overwhelmed, you lose hope.
Pope Francis says, in the Book of Numbers, at times Christians “prefer failure” leaving room for complaint and dissatisfaction, a perfect terrain for the devil in which to sow his seeds.
He explains that the people of God could not bear the journey: their enthusiasm and hope as they escaped slavery in Egypt gradually faded, their patience wore out, and they began muttering and complaining to God: “Why have you brought us from Egypt to die in this desert?”
“The spirit of tiredness takes away our hope,” remarks the Pope, adding that “tiredness is selective – it always causes us to see the negative in the moment we are living, and forget the good things we have received…. When we feel desolate and cannot bear the journey, we seek refuge either in idols or in complaint…. Jesus himself taught us this when he said we are like children playing games when we are overcome by this spirit of dissatisfaction.”
The Pope invites Christians to ask the Lord to free us from this disease while praying that the “Lord always give us hope for the future and the strength to keep going.”/SM