Today is the last day of the Second Day of Advent. Yesterday day we talked about the one of the definitions of hope. But in that same dictionary there was another definition of hope. The dictionary called it the “archaic” meaning of hope: to Trust. Join me today as we talk about putting our hope in God.
Putting our hope in God is so much easier said than done. Let me just forewarn you. It will take practice! To put our hope in God means to trust him. Sometimes as adults we’ve been hurt time after time after time and with each time our trust has slowly been whittled away. For some of us it’s been whittled away so much that we only have a small sliver left. But do not worry! Jesus said if you have faith the size of a mustard seed (the smallest of all seeds), you will move mountains.
Putting our trust in God means to wait for him, to listen to him, and hope in him. It means giving your worries, stress, and cares to him. It means saying, “Lord, I don’t know what is going to happen with my family, job, stress, problem, etc, but I trust that you know exactly what you are doing and I place my hope in you.” By saying this, you are telling God that you are waiting for him. You are anticipating that he has better things planned for you. And that no matter what seems to go wrong, we trust God because “we know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).”
So this Christmas season restore your hope in God. Tell him that you trust that he is looking after you. And even though you might be walking through the “valley of shadow and death” you will fear nothing because you know as the Good Shepherd “his rod and staff” will comfort you and he will take care of you. Put your trust in Him for he cares for you!!