Devotional for December 1
The first week in Advent is the week of Hope. Hope is defined as a feeling of expectation or desire for a certain thing to happen or a feeling of trust. We may have feelings of hope for a new job, a trip we want to go on, a blessing of a baby, the healing of a loved one, or even just to have two pinks in your starburst candy rather than yellow. We have an expectation or desire for particular things or events to happen in our lives. Sometimes this hope is what helps to drive us in our thoughts, words, and actions in our daily lives. This hope gives us security and comfort as we have that “trust” that these things or events may happen for us. That job we have hoped and prayed for is offered to us, the trip we have been planning and saving for is actually able to happen, we are given the wonderful news of growing our family, or there WERE two pinks in our starburst candy wrapper!
Jesus tells in the book of Mark 9:23, “If you can?”, Jesus said. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” He wants us to have hope, he wants us to believe, and have faith. But sometimes this hope can overcome our minds, thoughts, and actions so much that we can lose who we are and what we should have our hope in. The prophet Isaiah reminds us in chapter 40, verse 31 that our hope should be in Jesus, “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” The feeling of HOPE should be put in the Lord and we TRUST that he knows what is best for us and will provide what we need when we need it. So we are reminded to have this hope, but also to “set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” As you continue your days and remain to have hopes as you should, please remember to look vertically for strength and trust for all that you need.
Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”
Written by Susan Stimpson and April Surber