Thursday, December 6, 2018

Our God is Hope

"The voice of the one crying out in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way of the Lord,..."

Jesus was born into a world where the odds were stacked against him. A state that was Roman occupied and corrupt religious leaders. It was an imperfect and harsh world that wasn't welcoming to the "prince of peace." He was a threat to all powers.

Yet this is the moment in time that he came. Surprise! I am here!

The world had been waiting and waiting and waiting. Maybe they thought that this Roman occupation first must be defeated or the religious leaders held accountable before the Lord of Lords would come. But no... Jesus was the great light that came in the midst of great darkness.

I wonder what this might mean for the challenges, obstacles in our lives and the lives of those around us. This takes some reflection. We might see our challenges as stacked against us. The idea of redemption in our own stories seems silly and absurd. 

The word wilderness doesn't seem inviting. I'd much rather go to town. But the wilderness for us Christ followers is usually the place that we discover how much we need God. Even when it seems impossible or the odds are against us.

This is hope. Hope can't be seen or felt. It is about imagining and believing that God is at work even when we find it so hard to grasp. Believing is the most difficult task of a Christian.

I don't know about you... but I need this word. Because there are some circumstances that I am ready to give up and give in. Yet God continues to believe on my behalf. God continues to do good even when the odds seem against me and others.

May we all discover the God who comes when we have lost all hope and even more when we least suspect.