Last year, 2009, I was asked to write something about "HOPE" for an Advent Calendar that special friends at North Run Church in Virginia were publishing ... since I am writing a small devotional for this year's addition, I re- read what I'd written last year... My. How life evolves and changes and disappoints and challenges us by the tough stuff. It was my absolute nightmare, worst Christmas ever!
Advent Devotional- HOPE
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
- Hebrews 11:1 -
Faith and hope work together. Faith is stepping onto a plane, knowing that a hundred different technical factors have to work, for 200 persons to be able to fly. Hope, then, is like the view from the cockpit—watching for landing lights while circling at your destination, even through the fog. But you don’t see them, yet!
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
- Romans 15:13 –
“… but we also rejoice in our sufferings,
because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us…”
- Romans 5:3-5 -
These verses from Romans contain powerful truths. First, God is the source of hope. It’s a description of His nature. Secondly, I have to trust Him. If my hope is founded on my family, finances, former successes or even my faults, it can be shaken. Thirdly, hope is like a gushing riverbed, overflowing onto the banks beside it!
Father, in situations where I don’t have all the answers, may I trust You. Where I persevere and wait for You to show up powerfully, let me not give up hope. May this hope, in turn, cause others to see Jesus, especially during this Advent season (see 1 Peter 3:15). In Jesus’ name.