We all have hope. Sometimes it’s: “I hope the Cavs win tonight” or “I hope I have a good day at work/school”; usually it’s little eventful things like that. It’s things that we don’t necessarily know for sure. We don’t know if they will happen or won’t happen. That is why we “hope” for them. However, there is a hope that we can have where we know for sure what is going to happen. That HOPE is found only in Jesus Christ.
The advent season is here. This season is full of hope! It’s where we receive hope in Jesus Christ through His birth. Why does this give us hope? Because we can know that Jesus is coming again. He already came once as a baby to fulfill prophecy, now we await His second return to gather His church! Believe me when I say, there is no “I hope Jesus returns”. This is a hope that we know is going to happen. It is for sure! It is promised! However, it is a waiting game until He returns.
John 16:33 says ““I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” This life is not going to be easy while we wait with hope and expectation. John is clear about that in his letter. So how do we get through these hard times while waiting for Jesus? How do we keep our hope in this dark world burning bright?
While I do not want to be blunt and say that it’s easy, it really is just that…easy. We need to keep our faith in Jesus. We need to hold on to the truth that has been given to us. That Christ is, indeed, our Savior, and He is going to return again. Watch with great expecation!
We also need to wait in prayer and fasting. Prayer is a key connection to our relationship with God. When we pray we not only speak to Him, He also speaks to us. Through that, we can gain encouragement and understanding. Encouragement to keep our faith in the Lord and understand that Christ is coming again soon so we must be ready for Him like a bride waiting for her groom.
Lastly, one thing we can do is look to the future with hope. We can know that in the future God is going to guide us in the direction of His perfect will. We can know that He is going to prosper us, not harm us.
Jeremiah 29:11 says ”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.”
God does not want us to plummet onto our faces and fail miserably. He wants us to be successful. Therefore He gives us everything we need to do just that. He plans “to give you hope and a future”.
Friends, I encourage you this week to take a moment and listen to Pastor Aaron Taylor’s podcast: “The Advent: The Waiting Game”.
Looking around, it may be difficult to keep your hope, but as we enter into this advent season remember the hope and promises given to us through the birth of Christ Jesus.