HOPE. PEACE. JOY. LOVE.
Wednesday, December 2
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. - Romans 15:13
As we begin to prepare for the Advent season, the word Hope reminds me of Christmas. To me, this word has two types of definitions. The "every day" definition of hope is a feeling of want or expectation. The "Biblical" definition is different. Hope means a desire or want based on a promise from God. Christmas brings the birth of Christ. By celebrating His birth every year, we can restore our relationship with God. God promised His people a Savior and this promise was fulfilled in the birth of Christ. Jesus is the Hope of the world.
We are surrounded by so many hurtful things. There seems to be so much sickness, hunger, poverty, fighting, killing, and sadness. I feel many people have lost Hope. When we set ourselves apart from God , the world is an awful, hopeless place. The Birth of Christ reminds us that we can trust in the Lord. The Bible tells us the word of the Lord is good and true. There is only one place where Hope can be found and that is in Jesus Christ. Because of God's immense love for us, He brought Jesus into our world so that we may be forgiven. By celebrating the Birth of Jesus, we bring the Word of God with all its Hope to everyone around us.
When bad things are going on in the world, it is this Hope that carries us through. We have all sinned. But if we believe and know there's Hope then we are assured that all of us are just "passing through" here on earth. We can look forward to eternal life which will be free of pain and suffering.
Dear God, may we be comforted by and be thankful for Hope, the sure certainty that what you've promised us is true. Amen