Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. — Hebrews 4:16
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. —Romans 15:13
HOPE- confident expectation; to wish for something with expectation of its fulfillment
The Advent season is upon us. And although our church has observed Advent in the past, my family has never continued this at home. Until this year. We are in the week of the first candle. The candle of Hope/Prophecy.
Hope is a word that most are all too familiar with. Even small children can understand the concept of hope. They hope Santa brings them that special toy on their list. Teens hope that cute guy/girl asks them out. Adults hope for a better home, a higher-paying job.
Just a little hope can bring a smile to someone’s face. A glimmer of joy, contentment. Hope is a good thing. Hope is optimistic. It is banking on the fact that something good will happen.
But there is more to it than just boyfriends, toys, and new homes. Hope can be so much more than such fleeting things. The Bible tells us that our God is a God of hope. We can abound in hope. We have hope in Him. We can confidently expect Him to bless us. Carry us. Comfort us. Lead us. Save us. We can have hope because we know God is in control.
Life is hard in so many ways. Satan is always on the attack, looking for ways to destroy us and more importantly, looking for ways to destroy our faith in God. So often we find ourselves waist deep in problems and worries. It’s easy to feel hopeless. To feel like there is no way out. No workable solution. These feelings lead to bitterness, anger, sadness, and defeat.
Reading God’s word will quickly tell you different. No situation, no problem, no worry is too big for God. No situation is hopeless. Although our life may be a mess, we can go to His throne with confidence and find help. God doesn’t just pat us on the head and say, “I’m sorry, child.” He offers mercy, grace, hope. He offers help to those in need.
Walking around living a life of defeat is giving Satan a victory. If he keeps you in a state of hopelessness, he keeps you defeated. Powerless in your own life and the lives of others. And useless to God.
God offers hope, no matter the state of your heart. No matter the problems of your life. No matter the messes you’ve made. God is ready to help you. To bring you comfort. Joy. Peace. Hope.
All you have to do is draw to Him.