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Hope


Hope is one of the greatest needs of humanity. One presidential candidate made “Hope” the theme of his campaign to become president. Like it or not, it worked. Since the fall of mankind we have needed hope in the midst of sin and destruction, and since that dark day in the garden, God promised a Savior, a Redeemer whose perfect life would be given for us, who would right all the wrongs, restore our joy, drive out darkness, and give us strength. The great Hope of the world was born over 2,000 years ago on a starry night in a smelly stable filled with the sound of animals.

Biblical hope is nothing like the “hope” we talk of in our everyday lives. We tend to use that word as expressing a wish. I hope it doesn’t rain on my wedding day. I sure hope my kids behave when we have company over. I hope I can lose 10 pounds during the holiday season. There is no guarantee in those statements. But for the Christian, for those of us who know this Child in the manger, we have a hope that is like a promise, a pledge from God himself. The hope of the Bible is not a wishful thinking but an assurance of things that will happen.

“And his name will be the hope of all the world.” Matthew 12:21

What kind of hope do we have?

This child who was born in a barn and spent his early years as a fugitive from Herod was and is our salvation in more ways than one. We have an assured hope that sin cannot condemn us, it cannot be our master, and it cannot separate us from God. We know that life here on earth is fleeting, and as painful as it can be we have a perfect eternity with Christ to look forward to. Because Christ is our hope we can know for sure that all the promises in scripture will be kept.

Hope fills the afflicted soul with such inward joy and consolation, that it can laugh while tears are in the eye, sigh and sing all in a breath; it is called “the rejoicing of hope” (Hebrews 3:6).  William Gurnall

Where do you find your hope? Is it in your gifts, your talents, your family and friends? Is it because you are young or maybe that you are older and considered wise?  Do you find hope in how much is in your bank account or that you are a disciplined person? This Christmas season let’s meditate on how Jesus is our hope. Consider all the promises in scripture, and rest assured that they are all true and fulfilled in the Son of God. Everything else will fade or fail but Jesus never will. It reminds me of a hymn you may all be familiar with, especially the first and third verse.

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.

    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

Looking to Jesus,

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  1. Kathy Haveman says:

    Wonderfully written, thank you!

  2. Beautiful! Thank you! :)

  3. Amen i thank you for this it a reminder that JESUS is the answer he is the hope to our foundation to our lives not just the hope to our earthly things but the hope and faith to be with him in heaven.

  4. Lisa Pacholko says:

    God is so humble and gracious. He comes to the meek and the lowly.

  5. Lisa Pacholko says:

    God is so humble and gracious. He comes to the meek and the lowly. I can only imagine what the pure presence of God must have been like that night……

  6. Could you please send me the materials for the advent study? Thank you :)

  7. That hymn might be stuck in my head for the rest of the day. So much beauty in one song, thank you!

  8. I subscribed on Thanksgiving so I could get print out the study materials for the Advent study. But I don’t see the email with the link? Am I missing something? I resubscribed today.

  9. Hi Maureen and Lynda!

    I just sent you both an email! :)

  10. MichelleAGW says:

    Thank you GMG for blessing me and many other women.

  11. Tonya Hurley says:

    Beautifully written, LOVE it! Thank you for this study. My children and I are enjoying it together each morning. God Bless you!

  12. This is my first study with GMG and I am being so blessed by it. Thank you for putting this all together so many can focus their hearts and minds on our Savior, the Light of the world.

  13. Marcia Hofman says:

    This was great Jen! Thank you for reminding me of where my true hope lies and that nothing can separate me from the Lords love, not bc of my own doing but bc of Jesus and His sacrifice.

  14. On Christ the Solid Rock I stand, on other ground is sinking in sand!!! So true! I strive to live this out everyday!

  15. Beautiful – thank you for reaffirming this truth.

  16. I named my little Yorktease Hope, for this very reason. Hope for the future, through my Jesus. Thank you for your faithfulness. We are all so blessed to have this hope!

  17. Thanks so much for the reminder that our hope is only in Christ Jesus.

  18. the busniess is a small town custom frame shop.. i need something original.
    also if there are any ideas for small gift wholesale companies, that would
    be cool too..

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