My advent guide names this the first candle HOPE and provides this scripture for reflection.
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 NLT
HOPE. We all hope for things. I hope everyone likes the gifts I have chosen for them. I hope when the family gathers to celebrate the season, we all enjoy one another. I hope for large and small things every day. Some of the things I hope for either do not materialize or when I get what I have hoped for I am disappointed. This year I am striving to focus on the true meaning of this blessed season. That being said what is hope?
Webster defines hope this way: to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true.
The Bible Dictionary defines hope this way: a gift of the Holy Spirit which abides. It is a Central characteristic of the Christian. Hope is Refuge in God, God is Hope. The words confidence, trust, and safety are all associated with the hope we have in God.
As I compare the two definitions I see some remarkable differences. The hope we have in Christ Jesus is deep and wide. So much more than ordinary hope. Take a few moments and reflect on the hope of the season. Use the points below to guide you.
- A gift from The Holy Spirit
- A hope that abides, which means this hope stays or remains
- A Hope that is a refuge, a shelter and protection
- A hope that gives confidence
- A hope that is trustworthy
My prayer for all who read this is Romans 15:13
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 NASB
Written by Susan