HOPE: To cherish a desire with anticipation; to desire with expectation of obtainment; 2. to expect with confidence.
“I hope the store is still open when I get there,” “I hope I pass the class,” “I hope I can pay the bills this month,”… these are things that are on people’s minds every day. The atmosphere is congested with hope and expectancy. Especially this time of year, Christmas, young hearts are hoping for that “must-have toy of the season.” This year, the toy is the “Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster”. This one toy created frenzy among people waiting to get one for their children, or just get a look at it. That happened when people heard of the coming of Christ. Even after Jesus was working God’s work, people from all around had to see this One who spoke of eternal life and performed miracles. Getting close the Jesus was the “must-have gift of that season.”
As this holiday season is now in full swing, I cannot help but think about the hope that I have in my heart for certain things; a new job closer to home that offers better pay and benefits, the arrival of a friend who is coming from across the ocean, a peaceful place to call my own home… but what about the hope of the world centuries ago?
The Bible is saturated with scriptures reminding us, urging us, to put our hope in God. No matter what the situation is in our lives, there is still hope for better days, greater successes, and deeper love. If we are depressed, heart broken, lonely, grieving, there is hope that God will show up. The people [many] of the Old Testament never knew Jesus, but
they knew God, and had great faith in him. Over time, God has repeatedly demonstrated his sovereignty and desire to show up in our lives by moving great obstacles out of people’s way so they could be safe. He healed the sick through the hands of the prophets, won battle after battle when it seemed that all was lost. That sounds like the lives of people in the world now, doesn’t it? Things are happening, wars rage on, sickness prevails…but wait! Dont’ give up, don’t give in. He who can save us is coming again!
A savior is coming! That is the message people heard long before Jesus came. They lived their lives hoping for, desiring, and expecting this Great One’s arrival. Though never seeing the savior, they continued to hope. Put your hope in God, for your savior is coming! Your breakthrough is coming. Your business will thrive, your pain will go away, your sadness will dissipate, your relationships will thrive, your job will get better, or you will get a new one…I believe that what you fervently desire right now, will come to you. It is the Lords desire, to give you the desires of your heart, and he will be faithful to provide. All you must do is stay the course, be faithful to live by his standards and then wait.
In the book of Luke, after a company of angels announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds, they got up and said, “let’s go to Bethlehem and see,”…they went and saw the baby Jesus, and departed from him praising and glorifying God, because what they had hoped to see, they found to be just as it had been told to them. This will be your experience in the new year. Keep your hope on the savior, and you will find that all that is revealed to you, and all you expect, will be just as the Lord tells you.
Author Shaunna Jackson