We use many words to describe Christmas, but one of the most relevant personally is hope. Hope can be applied to our lives in many ways, through many situations, but no matter the particular situation, we can always have hope. No one can take that away from us, because you see, hope comes from within us through our trust in God.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
~ Romans 15:13
At times the world around us can overcome us with despair. Personal loss, financial uncertainty, social unrest, health issues and the abundance of hate and bad feelings can all be challenges for us. The solutions for our difficulties may feel far away. But when we remember that God is in charge, and has always been in charge, we know we can put our trust in Him.
Jesus died for the sins of the world. Although sinless Himself, He assumed our sins in order that we might live a life in love; a life in Him. The love He gives to all enables us to face our difficulties with hope knowing He will help us through. Our problems may not go away, but we can rejoice knowing that He is with us and will carry us through.
During this Christmas season, let us all put aside our challenges and those things which concern us, and put our trust and faith and hope in that small babe born in a humble manger who rose from the dead to be a King: our King; our Savior; our Wonderful Counselor; our Prince of Peace. He can and will lead us through anything.
“I, the God of Hope, fill you with all Joy and Peace as you trust in Me,
so that you may bubble over with Hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Jesus Calling, Sarah Young, pg. 332
Thomas Nelson, HarperCollins Christian Publishing Inc. 2004
(member of Mt. Zion and contributor to our Storyteller blogs)
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