It is fitting the Advent season begins with the theme of hope. As we prepare our hearts for the arrival of Christ, hope is central to that preparation. Biblical hope is not like worldly wishful thinking. Rather it is the confident expectation that God will fulfill his promises. It is not dampened by circumstances or dependent upon our actions. Our hope is grounded in the nature and character of God.
By the way, I’ve made a special Advent Coloring Page for you. Use it to melt away stress and meditate on the hope of Advent.
God’s Word Gives Us Hope
The Scriptures reveal we can be certain God will bring to pass all he has promised. Paul wrote of this very thing to the church in Rome.
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. —Romans 15:4, NIV
The more we are in the Scriptures the deeper our faith will grow. As we see how he was faithful to fulfill his prophecies related to the first Advent, we can be encouraged that his faithfulness need not be doubted when it comes to the second Advent of Christ.
The Holy Spirit Is a Source of Hope
In addition to the Holy Scriptures, we have something even more personal and intimate and powerful to give us hope. He has given us His Spirit as the guarantee of our full redemption and salvation. The Creator and Sustainer is our Redeemer and Savior.
We are not saved by our works but by His. And in saving us, He makes us new creations and teaches us how to reflect his truth and grace to others. He places His Spirit in us and inclines our hearts to be imitators of Him.
How We Respond
We respond in faith to His grace and mercy. We can face uncertain times because of our certain hope Christ will come again and bring to fruition the fullness of His restoration.
Biblical hope naturally leads to peace, joy, and love. And over the next few weeks, we will explore each of these themes as we prepare our hearts to receive our Lord.
My Advent Prayer for You
So as you embark on your Advent journey, I pray the words of Paul over you: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)
A Stress-Busting Gift
If you need a break from the gift-buying, cleaning, cooking, and all the other holiday activities, grab this free Advent coloring page I made for you.
As your crayons, colored pencils, or markers glide over the page, meditate on the words of that prayer and let the Holy Spirit fill you with hope, peace, joy, and love this Advent season!
To get your coloring page, just click on the image or button below and I’ll email it to you instantly! And once you’ve finished your work of art, please post a picture of it. You can post a photo on Twitter and tag it with @LauraNaiser. Or post it on my Making It Real Ministries Facebook page.
How about you? How do you experience hope with regard to God’s promises? You can leave a comment by clicking here.