Thursday, First Week of Advent: Hope
December 5, 2013
Hold firmly to the HOPE placed before us. We have this HOPE as an anchor for our lives. It is safe and sure. Hebrews 6:18,19
Sarah Young in her devotional book, “Jesus Calling” visualizes hope as part of a strong golden chain made when three gold chains – trusting, waiting and hoping – are intertwined. Trusting is the central strand because believing in Him is the response God wants most in His children. Our waiting for God to work in us is evidence that we do trust Him. Hope is future – directed, and requires us to hold on with patient expectation that what we hope for now will happen someday. Examples: We hope for a job or a better job, and we get the one we wanted most . . . We hope for a loved one to recover from an illness or surgery, and he/she enjoys good health again . . . We hope for a relationship with a friend will improve, and fellowship is restored. All these are examples of hope.
Dr. Billy Graham has certainly demonstrated hope through his 60 years of being an evangelist worldwide. As “Just As I Am” was sung, he waited with hope some would come forward and trust in Jesus as their personal Savior. He has been faithful in his preaching simple sermons everyone could understand, and thousands have responded. On his 95th birthday, Nov. 7, 2013, seated in his living room of his home in Montreat, N.C., he spoke hope on a national television program entitled, “My Hope, America.” He said, “I feel a deep burden for so many Americans who live with no lasting hope. Anxiety is extra-ordinarily high right now among Americans. Fear is casting out hope in many peoples’ lives. People are anxious about everything, especially about the future. Now is the time to bring the Good News to our family, friends, and neighbors. Will you and I accept the challenge to do just that? Help us to share our hope with others, and do it now before it is too late.”
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, we want to be more concerned for people who are living without hope in their daily lives. Burden our hearts for them, that we will share the Good News with each of them. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.