How often do you use the word ‘hope’ in your daily life? Maybe you’ve said to someone, ‘I hope it goes well for you’ or ‘I really hope it doesn’t rain today’?

I want to take a moment to explore the beauty of biblical hope and how it impacts our lives.

Let’s begin with acknowledging the source of all hope, God. Romans 15:13 (ESV) says “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” As we trust God in the minutes, hours, days and weeks that make up our lives, we can open our hearts to a hope that transcends all earthly circumstances.
Hebrews 6:19a says, “We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain.” Picture hope as an anchor, which grounds us when the storms of life threaten to overwhelm us. Let’s place our hope in God who, when we trust in Him, will keep us steady.

The Christmas story teaches us that hope often comes in unassuming packages. In a humble stable surrounded by farmyard animals - the most unlikely of places - hope was born.

‘The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.’ Isaiah 9:2

What a privilege it is to live in the days after the fulfilment of this promise. The world of darkness has been pierced with the bright light of hope. In that simple manger in Bethlehem the greatest gift of all was born, a new-born baby who was the embodiment of hope, Jesus, God’s own Son, who came to save us from our sins..
By Alison Kernohan