"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful." ...
In this time, it can be hard to have hope. Will I go back to having lectures in person in the new year? Will I be able to sing in worship again? When will all this change? Will it ever? 2000 years ago the world was waiting and hoping. This advent we find ourselves doing the same. Biblical hope relies on God’s character as the basis for trusting that the future holds good things. My future will be good because he is good. The more we get to know God and his character, the more hope we can have.
Our hope is not based on our circumstances or what we can and can’t see. If we look at the bible and the story of the early church, the hardest times were often their most hopeful, not because it made sense but because they made a choice; they chose hope. They remembered God’s character and all the times he came through for them before. They then looked forward with hope, knowing how faithful, trustworthy and good God is.
In the waiting, in the hoping, in this season, it’s all too easy to look only at what we see; our circumstances, and all the reasons not to have hope. We can turn to other things that provide false hope - temporary fixes that only distract and destroy. Or we can turn to God who provides a true hope - a hope which brings love and life.
I invite you to sit down now. Remember the ways in which God has shown his love to you before. How can these memories of his faithfulness bring you hope for today?
If he was faithful then, he will do it again.