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Advent Devotional Week 2: No Brighter Hope

Posted by Katie Fowler on

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Meditation by Katie Fowler, Pastor of Discipleship

“Do you trust me?”

Has anyone ever asked you that question before? In all of our relationships, trust is a core question. Whether it’s a friendship, a marriage or a work relationship, it can’t thrive without trust. Trust is also central to our relationship with God. Faith is putting our trust in God. Not just once, but a daily following—a daily trusting in Jesus.

So, if the Lord were to say to me, “Do you trust me?” How would I respond? I don’t mean my quick, “Sunday School” response. But in my gut, when my back is against the wall, when the waiting goes on seemingly forever, do I trust God?

I have some friends who have taught me a lot about what it means to follow Jesus. In particular, they have reminded me that trust in Jesus shows up in my life through my actions. I don’t just say I trust Jesus, I live out my trust.

Our passage for the week is full of promises from God. Incredible promises. Make-your-heart-soar-and-your-eyes-fill-with-tears-of-joy promises. Do we trust God to do what He says He will do? Do we trust Him with our past, our present—and yes—our future?

Re-read verses 18-20 from Isaiah 60. A day is coming when the old order of things—violence, ruin, destruction, death, sorrow, darkness—will be no more. The Lord will be your everlasting light.

During the season of Advent, we anticipate when Christ will come again. The Lord will come again. Do you believe that? Do you trust the Lord to come again and make all things new? And does that trust show up in your daily life—in the way you respond to bad news, in the way you treat others, in the way you deal with your own anxiety and fear?

The Lord will come again.

This is our hope. A hope brighter than anything the world could ever promise. A future secure in the Lord Jesus Christ. Of course we still grieve. We lament. We weep over the darkness in our world. The “wrongness” of our world unsettles us and moves us into Spirit empowered action.

But may we also look to the end of the story.

May we hold on to Jesus. Even now, the Lord comes. The Lord comes to us. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. As the Apostle Paul writes in Romans 15:13, “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.”

Isaiah 60:1; 18–20

Discuss: Where do you long to see Jesus bring His light?

Light in Motion: Place a candle in front of you and turn off the lights around you. As you look at the flicker of the flame, remind yourself that you are in God’s presence. Talk to the Lord about the dark places where you long to see Jesus come with His light. Ask the God of hope to fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him. May you indeed overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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