The prophets waited in hope for the appearance of the Messiah, the Savior.Â Though not in the manner expected, that hope was fulfilled.Â God has bigger purposes than we imagine, and that can lead us to miss the sign that our hopes are indeed coming to a place of fulfillment. That is why “longsuffering”, the ability to wait, is an important fruit of the spirit.
Let’s not miss the bigger picture.
How does this happen? A lack of vision.
Rarely does the unfinished project, the building site, or the raw materials look anything like the end result. We come to take that for granted after experiencingÂ the process a few times. So, why is it so hard to apply this to our hopes?
Like the need for drawings and the sharing of a vision for a project to take form in our imagination, we have need of allowing God to give us the vision of His Kingdom.
Ways To Gain Vision:
- Meditate on God’s Promises. Keep the things that God has to say fresh in our minds.
- Share the excitement. Allow our part of the vision to encourage others, open ourselves to the vision that others have. The concept of “brainstorming” is an example of this.
- Open our minds to God through prayer and worship.
It could be said that the whole purpose of a prophet in the bible is to encourage people to have vision. The prophets opened doors of hope into God’s plans.
Light In The Dark
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,Â on them has light shone.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, â€œI am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.â€
Today let’s simply focus on some of the hope that Christ’sÂ advent opens up for us. God gives us a new future in sending His Son. We no longer need fear death, we no longer need be alone.
God offers us His friendship and the reconciliation of everlasting peace with Him.
What is your vision of the Glad Tidings of Christmas? Do you know what the Lord intends to give you this season? Is it more peace? A restoration of joy? Greater hope?
Give a “sacrifice of thanks and praise”, a prayer of faith for those gifts, even when it seems you have been forgotten.
The carol of “O Little Town Of Bethlehem” mentions hopes and fears. This is the state of humanity, we cannot help ourselves when our heart fill with hopes and fears. We “hope for the best and fear the worst”, and look to the future.