I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 NLT
As we enter the Christmas season, let’s begin by talking about hope. This is a big word in the Bible. The Hebrew word used in the Old Testament is literally translated, to wait. It is very different from optimism because it does not necessarily believe things will get better by themselves. It is an attitude that is based on the person of Almighty God not on human ideas, initiatives, or efforts.
We base our hope on the past works of God. As we look at what God has done in the past, we wait with anticipation for what God is going to do in the future. Throughout the Old Testament, the prophets constantly reminded the children of Israel what God had done in their past. They wanted the children of Israel to have hope that regardless of their present circumstances there was a bright future because they served an awesome God.
This hope motivated them to wait on God’s promise of a Messiah. This Messiah would initiate a kingdom that would set the world in the right order and restore justice.
This Christmas we are celebrating the coming of God’s promise. The Hope of the world was born and placed in a manger. His kingdom was not of this world, but He initiated God’s kingdom on earth. There is coming a day when He will come again and complete the process of establishing God’s kingdom on earth. That is an amazing thought.
We are living today in the hope of Jesus’ second coming. This gives us hope. Regardless of what circumstances we may be living in at this moment, we can have hope for the future. He is the God Who can work all things together for our good. He has done it in the past; He will do it again.
Have hope this season. The Messiah has come, and He is coming again.
Holy Spirit please open my eyes to see Your work in my past, present, and future. Help me to have hope in You.
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