November 30: Jeremiah 33:14-16
To many people, the days we live in seem to be the darkest. Terrorism, looming wars, the seeming lack of empathy and the perception of a disconnected society looms before us every day in the news and right before our eyes. But shining through that dark and gloomy fog is light, and we can see it every day if we will just place all our hopes on God.
The prophet Jeremiah also lived through some very dark times. He lived in doubt of his ability to convey the messages that God wanted him to share with the world. He was beaten by his own brothers, thrown into prison, opposed by a false prophet and tossed into a cistern by the very people to whom he was trying to give hope. Yet through these doubts and trials, Jeremiah saw the hope of what was to come. He knew that God’s promise of a Savior would come and rid this world of doubt and fear.
God gives us that hope every day. Whether it be through a warm touch of a friend or the heart-warming story that shines through the darkness, He is there, always reminding us to trust in Him and have hope. Remember this Christmas season that no matter how dark this world seems, God’s promise to the world has been revealed through the miracle of His son, Jesus Christ.
Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
Man never is, but always to be blessed:
The soul, uneasy and confined from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.
– Alexander Pope
Dear God, please help your people and all people of the world always remember the hope you have given us through your son Jesus Christ, through this Christmas season and throughout the year.