Hope. For some, they desire it, but fear it will never come. If this is you, take heart. If you know God, then you have hope. Hope in a future, hope in a different outlook, hope in being loved. The Israelite’s hoped and longed for a Messiah. They waited years and years. Many of them missed His birth because they were too focused on Herod’s taxation and the travel plans they had to make. Many missed His ministry because they didn’t like what they heard. It wasn’t easy or convenient. They wanted a Messiah that would kick the Romans out of their land and free them in Israel, not one that would free them forever. And many missed His death and resurrection because they didn’t want to believe it.
Remember, when you are looking for hope, it might not be what you expect. It might be something small like a baby. Or something you don’t want to hear, but is truth. Or some kind of miracle that could easily be missed if you aren’t looking for it or expecting something else. God rarely does what I expect.
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