Advent Devotional: Wednesday, December 4

Zack Marinelli

Wednesday, First Week of Advent: Hope
December 4, 2013

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. 
Isaiah 40:30-31

It is Hope that tells us that this New Year will be better than the last and that it will be filled with new opportunities and a fresh start. This year will be the one that I lose the weight, get that dream job, or find that special someone. But if we listen to what Isaiah is telling us here, we don’t need to turn the calendar over to find strength and Hope. We only need to look to the LORD, who will renew our strength and give us all the Hope we need.

As a young man, I thought I had a good standing relationship with God and that He would not allow me to do anything that would cause me to fall from His graces. I didn’t go to church, but that was ok because God had my back. So when I fell I asked God, why?  Why would He let this happen to me? A few years ago God brought me back to the church, through an amazing woman who would later become my wife.  It wasn’t until then that I realized that God didn’t “let” things happen to me, or to anybody else. God is there for us, when we’re weary and tired, but especially when we fall. God will renew our strengths and our lives if we have Hope and believe in the LORD.  Since meeting Sarah and renewing my relationship with the LORD, I have been filled with so much Hope for life and for the future.  When I’m weak, I turn to God. When I’m strong, I praise him. Life is not about how many times we fall or stumble, it’s about how we act when we’re down.

My Hope for you this holiday season is that you will find strength and Hope in the LORD, and that you will seize the day for what it is a gift.   

Lord, please guide me in my daily life. Help me to find strength in your presence and remind me that I never need to look farther than you, Lord, to find Hope.