I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 NLT
As we approach Christmas, we recognize this is the season of hope. For hundreds of years, the Jews around the world had been hoping for a Messiah. They wanted an earthly king empowered by God to overthrow the bad guys and establish the kingdom of David in Jerusalem.
Throughout the Old Testament, the prophets talked about hope. The Hebrew words they used were words that spoke of waiting and waiting in expectation with tension. The Hebrew words actually referred to waiting for a good outcome even when there was no external evidence to support that hope.
In the New Testament, the writers based their hope on what God did through the resurrection of Jesus. The writers grounded their hope for the future in the facts from the past. God had sent His Son into the world. Jesus died for our sins and rose again. Those facts gave them—and us—hope for the future.
This Christmas, I pray that we “overflow with confident hope” for our future. We can trust what God will do in the future because we know what He has done in the past.
Holy Spirit, I need a fresh infusion of hope. Help me reflect on what You have done in the past to bridge my hope in the present.
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