“The time is coming, declares the LORD, when I will fulfill my gracious promise with the people of Israel and Judah.” Jeremiah 33:14
This Sunday, we enter into the Advent season as we prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus Christ. We anticipate the fulfillment of God’s promises. It is God’s promises that fuel our hope, even in the midst of our brokenness. It’s often at the lowest of points and the worst of times that God’s promises are revealed most fully to us.
Throughout scripture, God’s promises are revealed when many begin to lose hope. Abraham and Sarah lost hope they could conceive a child, the Hebrew people enslaved in Egypt lost hope that God could hear their cries, and the exiled Israelites lost hope that they would ever return to the Promised Land. Yet, in each instance and in God’s own timing, a promise was revealed and delivered to them. When the angel told Mary that she was to carry and deliver hope into the world, she must have felt so overwhelmed. God added a lot of stress to her life, but Mary had hope because she knew that God would be with her.
Are we losing hope in what God can do in our situation? Don’t forget those who have experienced this pain before and found hope in God right when they needed it. God does deliver on God’s promises! We may feel overwhelmed, but God promises to walk with us and never abandon us. The hope conceived on Christmas was the everlasting hope of Immanuel: “God is with us.” So, do not lose hope in God’s promises. God will deliver!