Read His Words Before Ours!
Wars and rumors of wars . . . that is our life these days. One king after another has slaughtered us, starved us, kept us in confusion, unsure of the truth. Unsure of whom to trust.
At a loss, I try to remember the reassurances of my grandmother. “Remember Yahweh’s words,” she would say. “Listen for the prophets.”
But even Grandmother knew the prophets were long dead.
Their words of promise, of hope, are a distant, fading memory. A King to save us? That’s what they all say. Hundreds of years later, there is still no salvation from the bare existence we scratch out day . . . after day . . . after day.
They used to talk about David’s line, his descendants. From his family would come a new King, a Messiah. Ha! David’s line has not been seated on the throne for generations.
What good is Yahweh’s word when it simply isn’t?
It seems no one mentions Yahweh anymore. Not even a whisper.
“Wait on the Lord.”
I can’t see it. But if it makes him feel better, I will listen.
Tikvah. HOPE. Why are people suddenly talking about this?
Today at the well, one woman was even singing.
AND THEN IN THE HEAVENLIES —
“Now. It’s time.”
To the Earth below, there appeared a star, shining brighter than all others in the sky, and the sound of a baby’s first breath.
Have you ever had a falling out with someone and not heard from her again?
I’ve been there.
What if you relied on someone to coach you, to give you good counsel, warn you of unwise plans on your part . . . but then suddenly she drops out of touch, just stops communicating with you?
How do you sit with that silence?
Israel sat in silence for 400 years. Generation after generation. An entire nation depended on hearing God’s voice, either directly or more typically, through His prophets, those He called to be His mouthpiece. Whether the prophets delivered words of encouragement and salvation, or chastisement and judgment, at least Israel heard from God.
But then came those 400 years of silence. As if Jehovah, God, locked tight the door of heaven. Silent.
It wasn’t as if they experienced 400 years of prosperity, of great economic growth and health, and stopped pursuing Him. No, they still had their cycles of corrupt governments, of wars, of pestilence.
Maybe after so long without hearing from God, they simply gave up.
After being invaded and taken over by the world power of Rome and living under strict authoritarian rule, they wanted rescue. They wanted to hope in a King, a ruler who would come in like a warrior, defeat the Roman tyrannical rule, and bring prosperity and safety.
Have you ever felt that hopeless, that desperate?
Have you ever felt like God has left you, or you wonder if He was even there at all?
Even in the desperation, the questions, the loneliness, we can have hope.
We have hope in Christ, our God-made-flesh Who came to Earth and was born of a virgin.
Fast forward 30 years. Messiah begins His ministry of Hope. Not as the warrior or ruler Israel thought they wanted, but as a Savior, a Rescuer, and the Hope they needed.
He promised life abundant and life everlasting.
But like Israel, when we are in a hopeless situation, we can’t always see His promises.
We know we want out and want out now.
We want the answer to our hopelessness to be tangible. But it isn’t always.
Having faith in God, putting our hope in Jesus Christ, means trusting in the intangible. (Romans 8:24-25)
And yet, that intangible Hope is a very real anchor for our souls. (Hebrews 6:19)
We no longer need to strive within ourselves. We are free to admit we need something beyond ourselves; we need a Savior.
And so, our GOD OF HOPE gave of His very self to meet our desperate need. Jesus, the same babe born that first Christmas night in a Bethlehem cave, is our Hope. The God-man who gave His life on the cross, was buried, and rose again so we would be free and have eternal life is our living, breathing Hope.
He is your Hope. You only have to ask, to surrender yourself, your needs, and your heart to Him. Our journey in this life will still have challenges and struggles and hardship and hurt, but the One who sustains and controls everything in the Universe can and will be by our side through it all. (John 16:33)
Jesus Christ, our living hope. (1 Peter 1:3-9)
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