A rabbi wrote about his experience in a Nazi concentration camp. One evening in the winter of 1944, his father, who was also a prisoner there, took him and some of their friends to a corner of the barracks. He told them it was Hanukkah, and began to light a wick placed in his melted margarine ration. The son protested this waste of precious food. His father responded, “We have seen that it is possible to live up to three weeks without food. Once we lived almost three days without water. But you cannot live properly for even three minutes without hope.”
If one’s hope is based on circumstances, one must always live in fear because circumstances change as quickly as the weather. But if one’s hope is based on an ever-faithful God, one can smile in the face of the foulest circumstances. God is bigger than any problem one can ever face.
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” (Hebrews 6:19)