Isaiah 40:28-31(NIV) Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary, and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Hope. You know, I think that is what many of us are looking for this holiday season. We hope that the economy will turn around, or we hope that our finances will improve, or maybe you are hoping for a job, better health, happiness, or fulfillment. The world hopes for so many things, seeing only what’s in front of us, not looking long term, wanting immediate gratification. God’s design is different. He wants us to look to him for hope.
Our current circumstances often determines what we hope for. The Oxford dictionary defines hope as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. We so often are not content in our circumstances, looking for a way out, a way to change them, wanting things to be slightly different. Striving for that perfection that we think will make us happy or to get just one more thing in order so that we can be happy. Often once we get all our “ducks in a row” we still find ourselves hoping for something else, exhausted by all the striving.
God desires us to turn those Hopes into prayer, releasing those desires to him, so that he can help us carry the load. He sees our circumstances, knows our dilemmas and desires, and just wants us to simply turn to him. This is one of the reasons God gave us Jesus. He is our Hope. He desires each of us to turn to him, to engage in relationship, to place him first in our lives. For most of us our circumstances won’t change this December, but if we look to Jesus and ask him to be in our circumstances, I believe we will have a new found joy. A hope in what God can do in us in the midst of our circumstances. I believe that is the key to joy this holiday season.
Will you ask Jesus to help you carry your burdens? Do you know Jesus, I mean really know Jesus? To know Jesus you have to begin by reading about him in a bible. If you don’t own one, try using the You version app or online at http://www.bible.com. Will you learn something new about Christ this season…I guarantee he will change your life.