Today, I am grateful for hope. Fundamentally, this is what Christmas is all about, isn’t it? Either we believe and have hope in God and His ability to meet our needs and take care of us, or we don’t. While life certainly has its challenges, it is still possible for us to hold on to the hope that God is up to something good!

However, hope stems from something very important – belief. Regardless of our faith traditions (or lack thereof), we all hold firmly to a set of beliefs in something or someone. Consequently – whether we mean to or not – we tend to place our hope in this same thing or person. We have to be careful, though – when we choose to place our hope solely in our careers, education, or our relationships, we do so at our own peril. We need to understand that those things (and people) will all fail us at some point in time; they are not bad in and of themselves, but they are not – and can never be – the source of our ultimate security. 

Only God can guarantee to be there with us 100% of the time. Only God has a flawless, never-fail track record, as evidenced by His ways and deeds in the Bible. And only God could think up a plan of salvation that required Him to enter into human history for the sole purpose of dying, so that we might be rescued from the penalty of our sins, and be able to enter into right relationship with Him – now, and in the future. Our eternal future! 

The wonderful thing about hope in God is that great things can happen. When we have big thoughts about God and choose in faith to believe that He is sovereignly in control of all things (and has our best interest in mind), we can expect Him to show up and move in powerful ways. This means that even in life’s most challenging situations, it is possible to have peace, and to hold on to the belief that God is still working things out for my ultimate good. Hope placed anywhere else (or in anyone else) is a hope that that is destined to fail. 

My prayer for today is a passage of Scripture, which I have personalized. 

Dear God, I pray that You, the Source of hope, will fill me completely with joy and peace because I trust in You. Then I will overflow with confident hope through the power of Your Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13, NLT)

Thank You, Lord, for giving me hope. In Your name I pray, Amen.

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