“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1).
I Hope I Win the Lottery.
Over the last couple of years, I’ve had a few people say to me, “I hope I win the lottery so I can pay off the new Antioch church building!” Never mind they have a greater mathematical chance of being struck by lightning than winning the lottery. I guess somebody has to win. However, I’m more interested in probabilities that play in my favor. How about a 100 percent guarantee I will win? Sounds good to me! What game offers those kinds of odds? The game of life.
Christian hope is a 100 percent guaranteed winner. The Bible calls the ability to maintain confidence in what we hope for “faith.” However, what exactly is this jackpot Christians are hoping for? Well, it’s not a thing.
It’s a person; the person of Jesus.
At the end of the Old Testament, the prophet Malachi tells God’s people that a Savior is coming. Then there is a 400 year gap of silence between the end of the old testament and birth of Jesus. That’s a long time of hoping yet not seeing.
Yet for those that have experienced God’s character, we know that hope in God will never disappoint.
This week we begin Advent. A time of remembering the 400 years of silent anticipation of the arrival of our Savior. Let us once again be reminded that God is who He says He is and He will do what He said He will do. Our hope in Him will never disappoint.
What dreams, desires and hopes are you holding in your hands? Is your faith waning in the waiting? Press into Jesus and ask Him to give you confidence that anything from Him is a 100 percent guarantee.
By Van Vandegriff, Family Pastor