This post is the conclusion of our four-part “Hope” series. The story behind the healing journey of a family from Niger is told by Josh Korn, one of the Spiritual Directors at CURE Niger.
When you really boil it down, hope is one of the central messages of the whole Bible. It is a peculiar type of hope that is hopeful in the face of despair. It is unflinching hope that is aware of the very bad things that are happening, and aware of the chance that even worse things are on the way. But through it all there is still hope. Impossible, unbelievable hope.
When hope is impossible and unbelievable, we sometimes call it faith.
Faith means believing that God can do something even though there is nothing to be done. When you are in the position of Job’s friends, this seems very silly. Maybe even irresponsible. If up is up and down is down, then you must have done something to end up so far down and should do something else to get back up. But we forget sometimes that this is an attitude of privilege. Not all can afford to think this way. Only those who don’t face problems, or who face problems but have the means to make the problems go away, can view difficulties in terms of “do” and “undo.” For the majority of the earth’s population, the problems are always there and do not go away.