We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you. Psalms 33:20-22
The Advent season is a time of new beginnings and hope. It reminds us of the hope that was fulfilled when Jesus came into this world as a baby in Bethlehem.
Even as Christians, there are times when it can be challenging to hold onto hope. Life is filled with ups and downs, trials and difficulties. These challenges can sometimes overshadow our hope, causing us to feel discouraged or overwhelmed. So what do we, as Christians, do when hope is wavering as we enter the Advent season? Maybe we feel heartache because we’re not where we want to be? Maybe it’s because the picture we had for our life isn’t the same one we find ourselves in? Maybe we can’t be with those we love? Look forward. The hope that was felt by those that were waiting expectantly for their Messiah is the same hope that continues to give us inspiration today. Hope allows us to see beyond our present circumstances and trust in God’s plan for our lives. It reminds us that there is always something better ahead – a brighter tomorrow filled with possibilities and blessings that we cannot fathom today.
We can find solace in knowing that life continues to hold potential for growth, healing, and purpose. Seek God’s Word regularly. It is filled with promises that bring us hope. Romans 15:4 tells us “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” Remember that our hope is not based on circumstances but on the unchanging character of God.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of hope during this Advent season. Help us to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus as we navigate through the challenges of life. Fill us with your Holy Spirit so that we can share messages of hope to those around us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.