When I was little, we would grab a blanket and go outside to look at the stars. We would search for the perfect spot in the yard and spread our blanket out on the ground. We would stare up at the sky for what seemed like hours to find the brightest stars in the night sky.
Over 2,000 years ago a star twinkled brightly in the night sky announcing the birth of Christ. Men stood gazing up at the stars in hope and anticipation of finding the Messiah. Not everyone saw His star, but “He Came to Light Up the Sky.” Only those watching and looking for the star found it.
Herod didn’t even see the star. Filled with his own selfish gain and ambition, Herod tried to manipulate the wise men into finding the Christ child so that he could destroy Him. You see that is how the enemy is, darkness always trying to destroy the light.
The very moment Christ stepped foot on this planet, hope came with Him. As a small baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and placed in a manger, His presence filled the world with hope. Could you use some joy, peace, and hope this season?
And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope.” May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:12-13
Overflowing With Hope
Did you catch those promises? The scripture says we will be filled with joy and peace and overflow with hope as we trust in God. He is the God of hope, and the key is trusting Him. I am not sure about you, but I need to move to the overflow area and step on in it.
The stars are brightly shining, do you see them? Or are you distracted by everything that is going on around you? The holidays are always a busy time, and while they are a wonderful time for friends and family, they are also a time filled with stress. We get so caught up in making the holidays memorable, that we forget the reason we are celebrating in the first place. Spend time seeking the Savior, the one who came to Earth to fill you with exceeding great joy, peace, and hope.
I am not sure what you are going through during this holiday season, but there is hope. I am not sure what you are going through in this season of your life, but joy, peace, and hope are available to you. Trust Him. Even before the foundations of the earth, the plan was already there. Hope was provided for you, even before you ever knew you needed it. A Savior sent to a fallen world to give the hope of salvation to the lost. Jesus is our hope, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, as we trust in God that hope overflows giving life more abundantly.