DayBreaks for 11/30/15: Felt, but Unseen
Romans 5:5 (NLT) – And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
From the worship bulletin yesterday: (author unknown):
“We are glad you are here today as we enter the Advent Season. Advent means “to come” and it speaks of the longing God’s people have for Christ to be present. In the Old Testament, our forefathers looked for the coming Messiah. He came in the person of Jesus. Since His ascension into heaven, we look for His return. But waiting is easier said than done. It is hard to hope for something that is unseen. In anticipation, we light a candle and there’s no magic in that. It is simply a sign, an indicator, a visual help to let us know that the light of the world will return.
“But, if you are like me, it is hard to hope with joy and confidence. The future is an unknown, and the wait is long. We may not see much light, and when there is little light, it is dark and perhaps even scary. That can lead to despair.
“Having said that, today we want to proclaim what we know to be true, even though it is hard to believe and put into practice: we are those who have hope. We did not but it or earn it. It has been implanted in us. It is a seed buried in our souls that flourishes as we read, pray, sing and think about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Today, we long for you to be filled with hope. The prophets said He would come, and He did. They also said (and we say) He will come again! So, we worship today as men and women with hope. We aspire to live as men and women with hope. It is a hope that is not dependent on our circumstances, our relationships, our money or anything else. It is a hope that is built on nothing less than Jesus’ past, present and future work, and a hope that is built on His blood and righteousness.
“Will you choose to hope with us?
“This day, He will do a work. This day, He will water the see of Hope that He put in you. And you will play a part: your part is to go as a bearer of hope, to go and tell others what has happened here, to go and be a beacon, a light, of the hope that we have in Christ.”
You see, hope is something that is felt, but unseen. If it is seen, it is not hope, but reality. Until it becomes seen to us, it remains hope – God’s gift to drive us onward to the coming Light!
Copyright 2015 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
TODAY’S PRAYER: Lord, fill us with the hope that originates in You and Your promises. Keep us from wasting away in the desert of hopelessness as if we were not Your children! In Jesus’ name, Amen.