December 4 Advent Devotion – A Shot of Hope

Christmas Under Construction – Devotions for your Advent Season

Psalms 40:1-5

In Hamilton the Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter, Chris Jackson, who played George Washington in the Broadway show, is overwhelmed with the immensity of this role. As he lays a wreath on Washington’s grave at Mt. Vernon, he states, “He lived and he was here. He lived and he died and he’s still here.” That was a mere 250+ years ago and Washington’s enduring presence as Father of our country still stands.

What then can we say about Jesus, who “lived and was here and he lived and he died and he’s still here” over 2000+ years later; but to give praise for our deliverance from the slimy sin keeping us in the ditch of death and to be grateful that we are given a shot at eternal freedom.  It is because of the immensity of God’s grace we need to rise up and “always be prepared to give an answer for the hope that is within us…”  (1 Peter 3:15)

In our psalm David tells us, “I waited patiently for the Lord.” He   expresses his confidence, trust and hope in God, knowing God will always come to his rescue. We are called to have that same resilience; that same hope in all circumstances.  After all hope, while at times illusive in difficult and trying circumstances, is the sustenance of our faith we cling to as we wait on the Lord.

We are thankful for those in our country who forged forward valiantly to win our freedom, and still do today.  However we cannot know true freedom unless we put our trust in our Savior.  Jesus won the battle for us on the cross, but we still combat the worldly temptations that trample away at our faith.  Just as Alexander Hamilton sings in in the show, Hamilton, “I am not throwin’ away my shot”, we need to embrace our shots to be bondservants for Christ in our time.

Dear Jesus,

As we rebuild our church, so we can continue to build lives around your word with our worship, we wait with great expectation and hope for you to come again.  We wait for you, O Lord, to rebuild our hearts to be your dwelling place.  Amen.

 

Sandi Torrant