As we embark on the Advent journey, the first candle we light represents Hope. In the midst of a world seeking light and direction, our hope is anchored in the promise of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Let's explore key passages from the Bible to deepen our understanding of the profound hope we have in Him.
1. Isaiah 9:2-7 (NLT) - The Promise of a Coming Savior
2. Romans 15:13 (NLT) - Source of Hope
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Even in challenging times, God assures us of His plans for our good and a future filled with hope. How does understanding God's plans impact the hope we have in Him? Consider the role of trust and patience in awaiting His promises.
We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. In him, our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.
Psalm 33 encourages us to place our hope in the Lord, our ultimate source of help and protection. Reflect on the idea of patient hope and how trusting in God's unfailing love can sustain us in challenging times.