Isaiah 9:1-7 talks of a coming messiah – a Wonderful Counselor, a Mighty God, an Everlasting Father, a Prince of Peace. This prophesy points to Jesus, the Christ (anointed one) who God will bring to provide inspiration to his people. What did the messiah represent to them? Hope. They needed to feel hopeful about their future, their sins and mistakes were all they could see. When Jesus came and fulfilled these prophecies, he brought a hope that was real, and changed lives.
I am grateful that God provides hope, and let’s never forget that ONLY he provides it. Man is resourceful, and since the creation of time, we have been able to produce just about anything we put our minds to. Thing is, we can’t produce hope, try as we might. Hope heals people’s hearts and gives them reason to live for the future. This last week, we were able to sit down and counsel a couple in their marriage. Not too long ago, they felt hopeless – now, they are feeling inspired about the future. Putting God’s word into practice has changed them, nothing else. I received a phone call from a friend of mine, telling me that a young man we both knew well had been studying the Bible and has decided to get baptized tomorrow. Thing is, as I talked with him at length last summer at teen camp, he was living a life of sin and feeling hopeless about his future. Sincerely putting God’s word into practice in his life has changed everything, and he is ready to make Jesus his lord! What happened? God gave him hope.
Let’s not forget to be grateful for the hope we can have, ONLY through the messiah, Jesus Christ!