Sunday, November 29, 2015

Advent Reflection: Hope of the Nations

Isaiah 42:1-4 (NLT) ~

Look at my servant, whom I strengthen.
    He is my chosen one, who pleases me.
I have put my Spirit upon him.
    He will bring justice to the nations.
He will not shout
    or raise his voice in public.
He will not crush the weakest reed
    or put out a flickering candle.
    He will bring justice to all who have been wronged.
He will not falter or lose heart
    until justice prevails throughout the earth.
    Even distant lands beyond the sea will wait for his instruction.

The prophet, Isaiah, was looking forward in hope to the Messiah who would bring justice to the nations.  He was hopeful in anticipation of the coming of the king who would set things right for his people.

As we watch the news each day and see how out of control our world has become, it is easy to feel discouraged.  It seems as if people have lost their minds.  Yet, just like Isaiah, we can look forward in hope.  Hope in the knowledge that God is still in control.  Hope that He works in the lives of His people.  Hope that He can bring order out of the chaos.

That hope allows us to look past the negativity and violence and immorality of the world and continue to look forward in anticipation of His return some day.  We don't have to walk around with our heads bowed in depression and despair.  God is still on His throne and one day will bring forth His justice.  

Until that day comes continue to trust Him and walk by faith each day, do good to those He brings your way, and remain hopeful.