“Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.”
Let me share this with you. Hope is a blueprint. It is not vague. In fact as life become more difficult, God has a way of speaking into your heart. He can show you a picture of His plan that makes the confusion go and His way becomes clear. You cannot build a house without a blueprint. There has to be something in front of you to see. In the same way God shows us His blueprint. His plan has a way of causing us to hope beyond human hope and reason.
In Luke chapter 2 there are two individuals that are spoken of that I would like to draw your attention to. One is Simeon. He was an older man. In his old age, Simeon had this hope that one day; according to God’s promise to him personally he would see the Lord’s Christ. The scripture simply says that he was led by the spirit (Luke 2:27). In the right moment, at the right time he held the Lord’s salvation in his hands. In a moment all that he had waited for was his. He had hoped with a God kind of hope and before him in his arms is now cradled the Son of God. The scripture also speaks of Anna. She too at the right instant was brought before the baby Jesus. She was a very old woman. Time was running out yet she remained in God’s temple waiting on God in prayers and fasting. As God promised at the right instant her hope was realized.
It is in God’s character not to let you down. He has a plan and a purpose for you. According to Jeremiah “it is good”. I also am convinced that God has in the past and still does get people to the right place at the right time so that they can see their hope fulfilled. I would like to remind you of the work of patience. Patience is not just waiting with nothing in your heart. A biblical description of patience means that you hold on to what you were originally told and do not give up on it until you see it. People of hope are also people of patience. Let me assure you that this God who incarnates himself into the midst of human affairs has not changed. He is still the same and this Christmas season we wish you all that the God of Hope can and will incarnate into your heart. Warmest greetings and blessings from us all.