Christ has come!
As we consider how this reality impacts our lives, here are some daily thoughts during the advent season to meditate on this Christmas.
Week 1: Hope
Our hope is in God’s word.
Psalm 119:81 “My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word.”
Hoping in anything from this world will only disappoint, but God’s Word holds promises that will not fail.
Our hope is in God.
Psalm 146:5 “Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.”
Having our hope in God sets us free from idolatry so we can hope in the Creator rather than in the creation.
Our hope is certain.
Proverbs 23:18 “Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.”
So often we can hope in the temporary, but God’s word is the only hope that is sure.
Our hope is set on His grace.
1 Peter 1:13 “Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.”
This hope we have in Christ cannot be earned. It is given because of the compassionate kindness and mercy of the only perfect One, Jesus Christ.
Our hope purifies us.
1 John 3:3 “All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.”
Our hope is living.
1 Timothy 4:10 “That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.”
Our hope is in God’s promises, which give us peace.
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.”
Week 2 – Light
The Lord is my light.
Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
God’s word is a light for the way I live.
Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
God’s word gives me wisdom.
Ecclesiastes 2:13 “Then I saw that there is more gain in wisdom than in folly, as there is more gain in light than in darkness.
The Light enables us to see.
Matthew 4:16 “The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.”
We are called to share the light.
Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
The light extinguishes the darkness.
Romans 13:12 “The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.”
We are the light of the world.
Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”
Week 3 – Joy
The joy of the LORD is our strength.
Nehemiah 8:10b “Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Joy is found in God’s presence.
Psalm 16:11 “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”
God’s comfort is our joy.
Psalm 94:19 “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.”
God’s word is our joy.
Psalm 119:111 “Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.”
Joy is not dependent upon our emotions.
Psalm 126:5 “Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!”
Our hope in God brings us joy.
Proverbs 10:28 “The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.”
The Holy Spirit fills us with joy.
Romans 14:17 “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
Week 4 – Love
God’s love is unconditional.
Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
God is love.
1 John 4:16 “We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.”
God’s love never ends.
Psalm 136:1 “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.”
God’s love is an eternal gift
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
We overcome by God’s love.
Romans 8:37 “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.”
God’s love makes us fully alive.
Ephesians 2:4-5 “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”
God’s love is to be shared.
1 John 4:11 “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”