First Week of Advent: Hope
Monday, December 3, 2012
‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:10-12
We have all expressed hope for something. I hope to get a bicycle for Christmas; I hope that appliance goes on sale, etc. Could that be described as a wish also? To me, hope, based on Christ’ Promise is much more.
Hope is defined as a noun or a verb:
n. …the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best: to give up hope.
…something that is hoped for: Her forgiveness is my constant hope.
v. … to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence.
…to believe, desire, or trust: I hope that my work will be satisfactory.
When we put our hope in the Lord, are we wishing for earthly things? I don’t think so. He has made a promise to each of us – all we have to do is accept Him as our savior and trust in His promise.
All Christians share an identity in hope. Believers have hope in Christ. All we are expected to do is claim that hope and it is up to each individual to make that claim.
On that Christmas morning so long ago, God fulfilled that promise of His hope for our world. I am so thankful that that Love overflowed to Gentiles so we can be included!
Precious Lord, thank you for the abiding hope you offer. Amen