View Of Optimism
This optimism comes from faith and hope:
Faith in God being the beneficent, and hope for what He is going to do.
Successively After the flood of water, there was
the Ark. And God promised that He shall never
destroy the earth anymore (Gn 8). After the
Crucifixion events, there was the joy of the
resurrection. As God said to His disciples: "but I will
see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and your
joy no man will take from you." (Jn 16:22)…. your
sorrow shall be turned into joy.
Yes indeed, God can turn all sorrow into
The dark night, no matter how dark it becomes,
the bright dawn will come, the proverb says that
dawn comes after the darkest hours of the night.
A person who lives in the joy of hope, never
gets tired, he feels that the winter cold will be
successively have the warmth of spring afterwards…
History gives us many examples of hope.
When the human being committed sin, he was
driven out of heaven, but a promise from God for
salvation was always there, it didn't stop at the
driving out stage… then comes the promise for the
paradise, then for the heavenly kingdom….which
means to a better life.
Likewise, death is a stage where a human being
doesn't stop at, as after that there will be the
resurrection, and then the eternal glories with the
spiritual body, "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man The things
which God has prepared for those who love him."
So let's observe carefully the white points
in all our surroundings.
Also view the story of Creation and how it
"The earth was without form, and void; and
darkness was upon the face of the deep." (Gn 1:2).
Though hope is being concealed in the successive
phrase: "And the Spirit of God was hovering over
the face of the waters . Then God said, “Let there be
light”; and there was light. And God saw the light,
that it was good.” (Gn 1:3,4).
If man has faith inside his heart, he shall see
prosperity in eve rything.
Man will then not see the current
darkness, but he will look to the light that will
come. In other words, not seeing what is
happening now but what God has prepared for us
for later on.
Concerning this issue, let us meditate upon the
lives of some of God's saints.
Observe the life of Job the righteous in his
trial, and see how it turned to be with him.
In his trial, he had lost everything, all his sons,
his house, his belongings. He lost his health, lost
his dignity among his friends and even in front of
his servants..! Though God among all this was
preparing for his salvation, and compensated him
with twice as much as he had before, the Lord
blessed the latter end of Job more than his
beginning (Job 42:1-17). “After this Job lived one
hundred and forty years, and saw his children and
grandchildren for four generations.”.
The same almost goes for Josef the righteous.
He had so many discomforts in his life: his brothers'
envy to him, they also sold him as a slave. And in spite
of his faithfulness in Potiphar's house, he was unfairly
accused of dishonesty and was thrown into ja il where
he stayed for a while… But Hope was always in front of
him so let's see what God has done with him..
He became the second in the kingdom "a father to
Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler
throughout all the land of Egypt." (Gn 45:8). His
brothers came to him and kneeled between his arms,
he saw his father Jacob and his brother Benjamin, his
sons were blessed by his father and he lived for a
hundred and ten years.
I used to say: remember three phrases during
every trouble you face:
God is present (Rabena mawgoud), everything is
for the best interest (kolo lelkheir), it will come to an
end (mesirha tantahi).
There isn't any difficulty that lasts, however long it
might stay, it should end, the difficulty rises in a
pyramid shape till it reaches its top then slides
downwards and finishes……it will come to an end, it will
end in a good way. Yes indeed, everything goes for the
best because God is present.
By the optimistic view-meaning with Hope-you
know with certain that God will interfere.
And when God interferes-which he definitely will-all
the problems will be solved, all the difficulties will go
away, and the situation will be fixed up.
Nehemiah the prophet: he was discomforted on
hearing the bad news, he cried, he fasted and prayed.
The walls of Jerusalem were broken down, and the
gates were consumed with fire. But God interfered and
gave him favor in the eyes of Artaxerxes the king of the
Persians. Nehemiah traveled and built the walls of
Jerusalem, thus returning peace and righteous to its
So whenever you see broken walls, say within your
heart: God will definitely send us another Nehemiah to
rebuild it, and we shall never be disgraced anymore.
And as God sent Nehemiah to rebuild the
broken down walls, He also sent David the little
boy to save everyone from Goliath and his
People were scared, the army was frightened, and
also was Saul the King. This was very distressing.
Goliath was dangerously armed and was scary in his
huge body, yet the optimistic look never departed
David's heart and said his phrase which is full of
tranquility: "Let no man's heart fail because of him" ( S
17:32), and promised to go and fight him. And when
he was going for the fight, Hope never departed him,
instead he said "This day the Lord will deliver you into
mine hand" "for the battle is the Lord's, and he will
give you into our hands." (1S 17:46, 47).
So, each Goliath you meet in your life never let
your heart fail because of him. On the contrary, with
all Hope make sure that God will send you David with
his sling and stone to fight him for you, and saves
Even if you are restrained in between the
Red Sea and the chariots of Pharaoh, remember
St. Moses phrase" The Lord will fight for you,
and you shall hold your peace." (Ex 14:14).
Don't you ever say we're lost, don't give up, and
never let faith with all its optimistic view depart from
you, have strong faith. Be confident that The Lord is
capable of dividing the sea and make for you a road
through it. And you will safely get out, as was written
"the just shall live by faith" (He 10:38).
The view of fear and suspicion, brings
desperation - but the optimistic view and faith,
is confident that The Lord will do something,
even if at the 24th hour.
And if we do not trust God's hand in incidents, we
will definitely become discomforted….
Let's remember God's saying "Fear not; for I am
with you" and also David's saying to The Lord who is
his Shepherd "though I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death, I will fear no evil" (Ps 23). And God
was with David and saved him from all Saul
conspiracies which were against him, and saved him
from fighting Absalom, from counsel of Ahithophel,
and also from the troubles of the Joab son of Zeruiah.
Jeremiah as well had encountered the same
Divine encouragement; he was a boy, afraid of his
mission, so God told him "Do not be dismayed before
their faces… For behold, I have made you this day A
fortified city and an iron pillar, And bronze walls
against the whole land… They will fight against you,
But they shall not prevail against you. For I am with
you”, says the Lord, “to deliver you."” (Jr 1:17-19).
Also Hannah the wife of Elkanah, she was barren,
Peninnah her adversary provoked her and made her
cry, with Hope, God gave her a son who is Samuel
About this Hope and optimistic view, God
says about women who don't bear children:
"Sing, O barren, You who have not borne! Break
forth into singing, and cry aloud,… Enlarge the place
of your tent, And let them stretch out the curtains of
your dwellings… For you shall expand to the right and
to the left. And your descendants will inherit the
nations, And make the desolate cities inhabited. Do
not fear, for you will not be ashamed” (Is 54:1-4).
And with the same words of encouragement,
He says about all those who are in trouble:
"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because
the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to
the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening
of the prison to those who are bound… To comfort all
who mourn" (Is 61:1-2).
The optimistic view is nice and consoling,
also is the feeling of Hope in God's deeds.
It's not what we see, but what God sees for
And it's not what we do, but what God does
That's how we should think, and we should also
confidently wait, as David the Prophet says in the
psalm "Wait on the Lord ; Be of good courage, And He
shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!"
But if man fears and says I'm lost, so this is not
out of Faith or out of Hope, and this doesn't benefit
the heart at all.
Who might have thought that Moses the child was
sentenced to death before he was even
born(according to Pharaoh's order to the midwives),
this same Moses becomes a great prophet, and God's
speaker, many miracles is been done by him…!
Who might have thought that Mary Magdalene,
who had been healed of seven evil spirits (Lk 8:2),
might become a disciple for God, and a bringer of
good news of Resurrection to his disciples (Mk 16:9).
It is the work of God in all of them; it is which we
wait for with Hope…
Or who might have thought that Saul the
Tarsusian, who was aggressively persecuting the
church, and who brought men and women to Jail
(Acts 1), might become the greatest Apostle in
Christianity, as he "labored more abundantly than
they all" ( Co 15:10), he was caught up into Paradise,
and heard inexpressible words (2Co 12:4 :)…
It is God's deeds that are beyond description…..
Or who might have thought that Aryanus the
governor, who was one of the most violent and cruel
governors in the days of king Dekledianus, might God
works in his heart, believes in Christianity and
become a martyr.
Not only all that, but also the Romanian
country, who severely and cruelly persecuted
Christianity, issues Milan Decree in the year 313
declaring the religion freedom, then it becomes a
Christian country…it is Hope that makes every person
looks optimistically to the future believing in God's
This "Hope" also was known to the church in
repentance of lots of sinners.
For example, the repentance of St. Ignatius, St.
Moses the black, St. Mary the Coptic, St. Pilagya, St.
Sarah… How desperate were their lives, but there is
definitely no desperation with the work of God who is
able to raise up children to Abraham from stones. (Mt
God's work can change hearts; can even rebuild
those hearts, as previously promised… "Then will I
sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean… I
will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within
you… I will put my spirit within you and cause you to
walk in My statutes, and you will keep my judgments
and do them…" (Ez 36:25-27).
God is able to get forth sweetness out of the
strong, and forth meat out of the eater.
He is able to transform the sinner into a
We can see God's work in our daily life, in Egypt
and in the land of Emigration, and also in the
spreading of the church in all the continents of the
God's work in the past, gives us confidence and
Hope in what he will do in the future.
God who has worked with the people, and with
the idolatry till He destroyed it, and who also broke
the sting of the atheism, is capable of work now and
at all times.
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