Hope is the promise that God will. As I wrote this sentence, I couldn’t help but want to add a word to the end and it made me chuckle to myself a little. I think that’s where a lot of us get stuck; God will what? The only answer is, yes, for your good! Let me try to explain, in Jeremiah 29:11, God says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” What this is saying is that God understands life and that’s why He plans for your welfare. He knows what is going to make you sick and unwell, weary and discouraged, or bitter and angry and He does not want you to remain in that. So, He plans. What kind of plan takes care of sickness, unwellness, wariness, discouragement, and bitterness? The one where He takes care of it! It would be nonsensical to ask for your efforts to resolve an issue that your efforts have caused. This is why, God will, is complete.
During Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus because it is the fruition and ultimate showing that God will. In Romans 10:9 it says, because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. The whole thing hinges on what God has done. What do we need to do? Just receive it! This is what Jesus meant when He says on the cross where He was crucified, “forgive them for the know not what they do (LK 23:34)” and “it is finished (John 19:30).”
God is promising that He will, will you put your hope in HIs plan and accept the life He has in store for you today? Will you receive your gift from Him?
Pastor of Student and Young Adult Ministries