God’s Promise of Hope

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Emails flood my inbox. Black Friday and Cyber Monday messages promise that if I click on a link and buy, my every desire can be fulfilled. If I miss those sales, no worries; just for me, they extended the sale. But if I don’t take advantage of these limited offers, I lose.

God used prophets to deliver His messages. Prophets sometimes warned of looming disaster because of Israel’s disobedience and turning away from God. His people truly did lose when they ignored God’s warnings. The kingdom of Israel divided into two, invaded by enemy armies, the people taken captive and forced into exile in foreign lands.

But the prophets also provided a message of hope, the promise of God’s salvation and redemption.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

The Promise of the Hope of the World

The greatest hope promised by the prophets looked forward to the coming of the Messiah. Jesus

Isaiah promised the hope of the world, coming in a way no one would expect, as a baby. But oh, the wonder of this baby.

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

Meditate on the Promise

Spend some time thinking about this promise.

For to us a child is born.

Jesus, God’s one, and only Son, with us. In the flesh. A child who grew up on earth and knows all of the human experiences and emotions. Just like us. Don’t we want someone in our lives who knows us so intimately they understand what we feel? How we hurt? Jesus does. He can relate completely.

To us a son is given.

Jesus is also fully God in a human body. The second Person of the Trinity. He existed before time began and left His heavenly home to walk among us, showing us the character and nature of God.

And the government will be on his shoulders.

This part of the prophecy still waits to be fulfilled. It provides hope for our future. In the middle of the ever-growing chaos of our world, when Jesus returns, He will rule with righteousness and peace.

He will be called
Wonderful Counselor

When we need help, we seek a counselor. Someone who listens and understands. Who offers encouragement and gives direction. Jesus is our counselor. The One to turn to in times of confusion and anxiety. He knows the needs of our hearts and He alone can provide exactly what we need to take the next step. And the next one.

Mighty God

Our God is a mighty God. Powerful. Through Jesus, our sins are forgiven. Death defeated. We don’t need to fear anything.

Everlasting Father

Everlasting. Eternal. Never ending. He rules with truth and righteousness and promises all things will work together for good. His good and therefore our good.

Prince of Peace

We long for peace. True peace. The confidence that even in the deepest valley, the most violent storms of life, we don’t need to fear. God’s love, mercy, and grace reach into our hearts, replacing fear with peace because we know God is on our side. We look at the names listed in Isaiah 9:6 and God’s peace guards our hearts and minds.

The prophets offered hope. In the darkest times of Israel, they promised God had not forgotten. He worked in their lives.

We have the same promise of hope today. As we prepare our hearts for Christmas, live with the peace that comes from the hope we have in Jesus.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

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Author: Debbie Putman

I am a child of God, seeking to trust Him in every joy and sorrow. Sharing my walk is my husband, Van. God blessed me with two beautiful daughters and three delightful grandchildren. I teach seventh grade English and History, love to read and bake cookies, watch the birds in my backyard, and the ocean.

12 thoughts on “God’s Promise of Hope”

    1. Isn’t it wonderful that God doesn’t give us parameters? His offer is generous, showing His mercy, grace, and love. Have faith. And no matter what, He forgives because His greatest desire is that we receive His gift of adoption into His family.

  1. Love the intentional break-down of this verse, Debbie. So confounding, yet so simple — our Newborn Savior. He made Himself as vulnerable as a human can get—for us. I’ve been reading Numbers lately, and have been reminded how much sacrifice was required to stay right with God. And, then came Jesus. Once, for all. — Hope you have a wonderful season, friend. xoxo

  2. What hope we have! I can feel the tension rising with the season of buy more, get more. Its a season of overwhelm and yet the season is about Jesus. I’m trying to pull back and not get sucked in by the commercialism and busyness!

    1. Julie, just the intention of changing your focus from more to the one true thing helps keep Christmas one of joy and hope. Merry Christmas!

  3. “We have the same promise of hope today. As we prepare our hearts for Christmas, live with the peace that comes from the hope we have in Jesus.” Amen! We need to remember to keep our focus on Him. And He will give us a peace like no other.

    Blessings to you, Debbie! I’m your neighbor at #TuneInThursday this week!

Thank you for joining me on my journey with God in uncharted water. Please let me know how He is working in your life.