Hope In The Dark

“‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the LORD, ‘that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah: ‘In those days and at that time I will cause to grow up to David A Branch of righteousness; He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In those days Judah will be saved, And Jerusalem will dwell safely. And this is the name by which she will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS’”

Jeremiah 33:14–16

When the prophet Jeremiah penned these words the nation of Israel was experiencing the darkest of days in captivity in Babylon. They had forsaken their relationship with the true and living God and gone after false gods for so long they began to believe the lie; that its too hard to repent and return to your first love. They were learning the hard way where a life of stubborn selfishness will ultimately lead, bondage and captivity. It seemed as if all hope was lost as the identity of the nation was being consumed through forced assimilation.

And just when it appears all was lost Jeremiah brings a message of hope that though the people had forsaken God, He had not forsaken His people. In fact, Jeremiah sought to convince the children of Israel that they would do well to have hope even when there was no evidence to support it. Jeremiah’s message then is a great reminder for us today. There is hope in the dark even when we can’t see because God is faithful to His promises. God keeps His word.

God promised there is a future and hope because the promise God made to King David will come to pass. A King will in fact sit on the throne in Jerusalem and God will restore justice and righteousness. Jeremiahs words to the nation then are like the words of the Christmas story to us now. Jesus is the King of Righteousness who who was born in Bethlehem, and the government is on His shoulders and one day soon He will return in all His glory and rule and reign from His throne in Jerusalem. That’s why the Christmas message is a message of hope.

Don’t believe the lie, God has not forsaken you, Christmas is proof! We can return to our first love. We can know with certainty the faithfulness of God by simply looking back to the promises God has made and resting in the assurance God has never let us down. He is forever faithful and just when life seems to be at its darkest, the light shines through. God has done it more than once and He is preparing to do it again. Look up!

“Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

Luke 2:10–11


Michael Osthimer





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