TUESDAY 11 DECEMBER // My Hope
Looking back at the description of hope, or qavah, from Sunday and its place in the Advent story, over the next five days we want to create space for you to reflect on what this might look like in the different arenas of life. Feel free to re-watch the ‘hope’ video’, re-read any of the scripture verses referenced or look back at what you’ve written on your Advent calendar as many times this week as is helpful to you.
Our lives are mapped by our hopes. The constant see-saw between heart-sickness and fulfilment, between hoping for something and seeing that become a reality – although it may not always look how we had imagined…
Last week we read about the promise from God given through the prophet Isaiah: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulders, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” In a time of hardship and hopelessness this would have been a welcome encouragement; but between this time and Jesus’ birth was 700 years. That’s quite a wait for the fulfilment of this promise of hope.
If you look back over your life this may seem all too familiar – God makes a promise but doesn’t give a timeline. So, in our wait we mistake the ‘not yet’ for ‘never’, anxiety sets in and we lose hope.
But to hope in God is to be patient with God. It is believing all the facts are not in yet. It is believing the story is still being written. It is believing there is something still yet to be revealed or uncovered. It is believing that, despite the wait, there will the fulfilment of God’s promises.
What have you been hoping for that you are still in the season of waiting for? Have you become discouraged, anxious or tried to find fulfilment yourself? Spend some time reflecting on God’s past faithfulness to refresh your hope for the future.
Read: Philippians 1:6
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Pray: Thank God for his past faithfulness (name if you can), then ask God to reveal how you can hold hope while you wait and if there is anything you need to let go of.
Respond: On your Advent calendar colour in today’s bauble, you might also like to include a scripture reference or note what God is speaking to you about through this story