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God’s Word, a Place of Hope

Weekly Devotionals

God’s Word, a Place of Hope

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 He was with God in the beginning.3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.4 In him was life,and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.

John 1:1-5

There’s a lot of information to keep up with these days. I suppose it’s one of the downfalls of being so connected. Although it’s great to have easy access to information about the best restaurants, the best deals, and every kind of “how to” & DIY instruction, having access to news and information about so many different people around the world can sometimes be overwhelming. Especially when it comes to what’s going on politically and culturally around the country we live in or the country we’re from or the countries that need help or the ones that pose a threat. It’s easy to feel pressure to keep up in order to figure out where you stand on all the issues out there and there’s a lot to read in order to sift through all the different opinions about everything. Context is everything for understanding but how can we know if we are getting the full story and how can we get to people’s true intentions?

In times when I feel overwhelmed, I thank God for who He is and praise Him that He is not limited to the same kinds of constraints as us. He is God and Creator and He was there from the beginning. He has context and better yet, He is powerful. And better than that, He is good! Reading God’s Word brings us back to the true reality we need to live in which is one of hope! With all the information we get from the world around us, we cannot forget to put it in the context of Scripture because without God’s Word, there is only chaos. The Bible illustrates for us what we go through in the world of chaos but shows us how God has not left us but is with us. He is Immanuel and Savior. It is the story of the world with Hope.

We need to have God’s Word in our hearts and minds to be able to have joy and hope in the midst of difficulties and pain. We can have hope because as it is written in the passage above, the darkness was not able to overcome the light! As we cling to Jesus, we become a light to those around us, shining the hope of Christ. I encourage us this week to prioritize reading the Bible as we begin celebrating this advent season.

Stay warm and stay in Him this week!