Advent 2019

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“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”
Hebrews 6:19a, NIV

Hope is a fickle thing. Sometimes I look to the future and all I see is possibility and potential. In short, I’m filled with hope. And yet, there are other times when I feel overwhelmed and cynical and all I see in front of me is difficulty. Hope feels like a trite pipe dream in those moments.

One of the most inspiring figures in the Bible, in my opinion, is
a man who makes a brief cameo in Luke 2. His name is Simeon, and Luke tells us that he was, “righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.” His hope was not in some earthly circumstances. It was
fixed wholly on God’s promise that the Christ would come and he would see Him. Sure enough, in the verses that follow, the infant Jesus is brought into the temple, and Simeon took the child in his arms and praised God saying, “My eyes have seen your salvation.” Simeon’s hope was in a promise, and he saw that promise fulfilled.

God invites us to be people who hope in His promises. Our earthly circumstances will change, but God’s promises never will. This season of Advent can be a time for us to reposition our hope. As we prepare to celebrate Christ’s first coming, we can have hope because of the promise that He is coming again. That kind of hope is not fickle. It is, indeed, an anchor for the soul.

Ask: Do you need to reposition your hope? What would it look like for you to use this season to remind yourself that your hope is in Christ, not earthly circumstances?