Hoping

Pastor Ed Young - Lead Pastor of Fellowship Church
Ed Young

December 13, 2023

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Hoping

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Jeremiah 29:11 “‘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 hope and a future.’”

Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”

Think

As I gaze at my dad's well-worn burgundy Bible, its pages marked and softened by his countless flips, I can't help but feel the weight of its significance. He passed it on to us as a symbol of hope, a tangible representation of life and the promise of a future. The stories within its pages echo these themes—narratives of redemption and restoration, imprinted with the nail scars on Jesus’ palms. It's more than just a book; it's a holding tank of promises and an ever-present source of guidance.

This book is more than just a collection of pages; it's a testament to steady promises and an abiding presence. It's a refuge where tears over life's trials mingle with whispers of hope. Amid its worn-out covers, this Bible weaves little love notes, promises that speak to you and me of a King yet to come.

Isaiah, nestled in this book's folds, stands as a prophet proclaiming promises of a redeemer—the one destined to revolutionize everything. It's a reminder that God has a plan, a purpose woven into our lives by his hand.

In moments when life veers off its expected course, we're faced with a choice. We can succumb to defeat, disappointment, and discouragement, or we can pivot toward God, embracing faith and hope that he holds a purpose for our journey. Christmas is a reminder that his plans always unfold. Jesus embodied the fulfillment of that intricate plan. So, holding onto this Bible, I'm reminded that amidst life's uncertainties, there's an unwavering promise—God has a plan, and the arrival of Jesus stands as a testament to that eternal truth.

Apply

The Bible holds God’s plan and purposes for your life. Dedicate time each day to engage with the Scriptures. Set aside a few minutes for reflection, prayer, or reading passages that resonate with hope, redemption, and God's promises.

Consider the promises of God revealed through prophets like Isaiah. Recognize that God has a plan and purpose for your life, woven intricately by His hand. Embrace faith and hope amid life's uncertainties, trusting that his plans will always unfold.

Pray

Jesus, in times of disappointment and uncertainty, fill our hearts with hope. Remind us of your plans for our welfare and future. As we celebrate Christmas, let us remember that Jesus is the fulfillment of your perfect plan for humanity. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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