Monday, November 28, 2016

Light an Advent Candle for Hope

Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.
Hebrews 10:22-23 (NLT)

On the first Sunday of Advent, my church lights a candle for the hope that Jesus’ birth brings (other churches may light the Advent candles in a different order).

What is the hope Jesus offers?

We use the word casually these days, hoping for a sunny day, hoping there’s no traffic, hoping you understand. At this time of year kids are hoping Santa brings what they want. In today’s language hope is the same as wishful thinking.

Christian hope has nothing to do with wishful thinking. (tweet this)

It is far more certain, actively looking forward to something with great confidence. Hope knows that God will fulfill His promises. Christian hope trusts God.

I find hope in knowing that the world is not as it should be. Especially amid the current divisiveness, I depend on Jesus returning to restore peace and justice to the world. I find snippets of hope when one person loves another as Jesus intended.

I also feel hope knowing I’m not alone. Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus is with us every moment. He longs to be in relationship with us, comforting, guiding and reassuring our hope.

Hope assures us that God is in control.

Hope is the light that guides us out of the darkness.

Hope allows us to praise God with gratitude in all circumstances.

Hope gives us power to transform daily life.

What brings you hope?

#SeedsOfScripture #Advent #hope

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