“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15:4 ESV
People today are always anticipating something. Perhaps you are looking for all green lights on your way to work, or for a few extra chicken strips in your restaurant order. Children start anticipating their next birthday just days after they’ve had one! Teenagers anticipate a driver’s license and the freedom that comes along with it; and many college-age students anticipate graduation and full-time employment in a successful career.
Many of the things people anticipate are short-lived. That extra chicken will soon be consumed, the new driver’s license brings along added costs of gas and insurance, and graduating from college brings the responsibility of living on your own. Reality sets in quickly! Thankfully, Christians have a hopeful anticipation that is everlasting – salvation through Jesus Christ!
As you prepare your hearts and minds – and wait for hope – during this Advent season, know that you have already received a tremendous, glorious hope; this is a hope that can only come from above. When God sent His one and only Son to be born on Christmas, He was bringing an eternal hope to all people. What a glorious gift this is!
This Advent and always, go about your daily tasks knowing that a wonderful hope has already been realized. Hold firm to your faith, and share it with others in the form of smiles, kindness, an open ear, and generosity. You have received an eternal hope – share it!
Dear Lord, Guide me today as I let my community know about the priceless gift of hope you have given me through Jesus. In Your Name I pray, Amen.
Contributed by Dr. Drew Gerdes, former SLS teacher
Now serving at Concordia International School (LCMS) – Shanghai