Keeping Hope Alive
As for me, I look to the Lord for help. I wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear me. Do not gloat over me, my enemies! For though I fall, I will rise again. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.
Micah 7:7-8 NLT
Micah was an Old Testament prophet who lived over 400 years before Jesus was born. God used him to declare the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. That is an amazing prophecy considering Bethlehem was a minor village in Micah’s day.
Micah also lived during difficult times. Families were divided; the nation was in pain; injustice ruled the day. Yet, Micah chose to have hope.
Many people confuse hope with being positive. There are positive people—I am one of them. We tend to always see the glass as half full. We look for the good in everything.
Hope sees the glass when there is no glass present. Hope believes God can and will do what He said even when we have no physical evidence to confirm our hope.
For hundreds of years, the Jews hoped for a Messiah. They were believing the promises of God when things went from bad to worse to even worse. The external evidence did not support that the Messiah would be born when Rome ruled over Israel. Israel didn’t have an army for a Messiah to lead and no throne to sit on in the natural.
But with hope, the children of Israel continued to believe the promises of God. When the Messiah was born, most of the people missed it because they had lost hope.
Let’s not miss Jesus this season because we have lost hope. Hope is still alive to those who trust the promises of God.
Holy Spirit, keep hope alive in my heart. Help me to cling to the promises of God. Help me to keep looking for Your miracle of a breakthrough this Christmas season.
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