THURSDAY: HOPE by Steve Yinger

SCRIPTURE: Jude 17-25

We read in today's passage that we are to remember the prophecies that the Apostles gave to us concerning Jesus, specifically that in the “last times” there will be unbelievers who follow their own ungodly desires and who will try to divide us. Luckily the passage doesn’t end there. If we “build” ourselves by praying in the Holy Spirit, by being merciful to “those who doubt” and saving others by snatching them from the fire, Jesus will bring us to eternal life.
The passage ends with a Doxology exalting Jesus who is the only one capable of keeping us from stumbling and presenting us to the presence of God without fault and with great joy.

This Advent season my encouragement would be to reflect on this as we go about our busy schedules. Lately I’ve been focusing on the differences between knowing about God and truly knowing God. As we get drawn into the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season it is easy to forget about the Advent of the coming Christ. Each day is a gift that we are given by God that should be unwrapped and cherished. The scripture warns us to not be distracted but to reach out to others exclaiming the “Good News," exclaiming the Gospel. We all know people who don’t share the HOPE that we have; they may know about God but have never yielded their life to Him and as a result don’t know Him. Today my hope is that we will think of those people and reach out to them with the love of Christ. I’ve always found hope by offering it to others.

God, we pray that You would reveal Yourself in a real and tangible way.
We thank you for the gift of this moment and for freedom from worrying about tomorrow.
Lord, give us the strength and the wisdom to be beacons of hope in our daily lives.

Josh Kleinfeld