Caught in a strong riptide off the Pacific coast in Mexico, my sister and I drifted farther apart and farther from shore. Both knew the other was praying, hoping, knowing that if the life guards would see our anxious situation they would come to rescue us. They saw and as they sliced through the waves on their surfboards toward us we were confident of being saved. What elation we experienced atop that board bringing us back to shore.
God the Father, out of his boundless love, saw our desperate sin condition and sent his beloved Son to rescue us and bring us hope. Along with David we say,
“Find rest, o my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.” Psalm 62:5
“Praise be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. Through him you believe in God, …and so your faith and hope are in God.” I Peter 3-5, 21
After the Israelites had defeated the Philistines, they planted a stone and called it “Ebenezer”, saying, “Thus far has the Lord helped us.” If we placed a stone each time the Lord helped us and gave us hope, what a wall we would have! May this Christmas season be a time of rejoicing that God sent His Son to bring us hope eternal in Jesus.
What is HOPE? HOPE is a confident expectation.
Goshen CRC has been featuring devotional thoughts for each week of Christmas. This weeks thought is by Janet DeVries. Sign up to receive these each week at www.GoshenCRC.org
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