Today, more than ever we must find the source of where our hope comes from. Our world is filled with many things that can bring us down if we don’t have hope and know where who our hope is in. It can even cause us to become physically ill.Proverbs 13:12 says :Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
So, where does our hope come from?
Our hope comes through the promises our Father God gave us and Jesus and what He would do and bring for us was the greatest promise of all. It’s not in the things that we have around us, nor riches, not in who our friends or family are, but in ALL that God has promised to us through His Word. I really love how the Message bible describes why we can hope in this.
God Gave His Word – Hebrews 6: 13-20When God made his promise to Abraham, he backed it to the hilt, putting his own reputation on the line. He said, “I promise that I’ll bless you with everything I have—bless and bless and bless!” Abraham stuck it out and got everything that had been promised to him. When people make promises, they guarantee them by appeal to some authority above them so that if there is any question that they’ll make good on the promise, the authority will back them up. When God wanted to guarantee his promises, he gave his word, a rock-solid guarantee—God can’t break his word. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable. We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek.
We’ve been promised to be blessed by God with more than we can even imagine. God gave His word on that and it’s something we can take to the bank. One of those blessings was the gift of His Son Jesus that He gave to us. We’ve been given the gift of salvation through Jesus. He is never going to walk away from us, but will always be on our side fighting for us. I Thessalonians 5: 8 says that we are to put on faith and love like a breastplate and to put on the hope of salvation like a helmet. To me that is saying that I need to put my hope in Jesus and Father God and the gift of salvation given me like a hat. Hope will keep my mind from running in all directions when things around me look dark and impossible. We as followers of and believers in the gift God gave us in His son Jesus, need to hold on tight to our hope and not let it go when things gets tough. The world is looking at us, watching because they are wanting something to put their hope in. Christmas is all about the hope of and for the world because it’s all about the source of our hope, Jesus.
Thinking about why I love Christmas time and what it means to me is one of the things that inspired my new Christmas single, “The Hope of the World”. Here are some of the words to the song.The hope of the world brought freedom and redemption. The hope of the world brought forgiveness of sin. The hope of the world gave his life for salvation. The hope of the world, Jesus the hope of the world.
This Christmas season, hold tight to your hope in Jesus, in the gift and promises we have been given by God the Father. If you see someone who seems to be short on hope, let yours spill over onto them.