Advent Devotional: Monday, December 3

Geri Wells

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.