Advent Devotional: Friday, December 7

Justin Johnson

First Week of Advent: Hope
Friday, December 7, 2012

           
Hope for what He will bring us.

Over a year ago, as I began my senior year, a realization hit me that I had been ignoring throughout college; I was about to graduate. However, throughout that fall semester I continued to ignore this inevitable occurrence for fear of what that might bring. Beginning my final spring semester, it had become apparent that I could no longer deny this fact and knew I had serious decision making to do. I talked with individuals in fields that interested me and even shadowed some professionals but was still unsure exactly what I wanted to do. There was one Man who I had failed to ask for advice…

Eventually, my realization had become a reality and I had graduated college. Granted, I was proud of my accomplishment but I soon became worried for what the future held for me. I started applying for jobs but soon learned what news reports meant by a tough job market. It became somewhat discouraging and stressful and I had pretty much given up hope. However, I began discussing my struggle with friends and family and was told of a verse which provided me great comfort which comes from Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope.”  
    
I had been listening to advice from everyone except from the One who mattered most. Since then, I have become more hopeful for my future knowing that it is in His hands and that He has a plan for me. As we enter this Advent season, we are reminded of the hope of an eternal life that Jesus provides which brings us that same comfort. I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!