How Much Does Hope Cost?

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

-Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

So I saw a quote this past week that has really stuck with me. It struck a chord with me because I had never thought of hope like this before. Here it is:

We hope for the best and when we get it, we want more.

With the Christmas season beginning, this takes on a very important meaning. We all hope we get one certain thing for Christmas. Maybe you have your eye on an iPod or a pair of shoes or a video game. Whatever it is, you hope that you get it.

Then Christmas comes, we get what we wanted and we get really excited, then immediately start thinking of something else we want. Money to buy songs to put on the iPod. A new outfit to go with the shoes. An expansion pack for the game. Take your pick.

You got what you wanted. So why do you still want more?

Perhaps because what you thought you wanted is not what you really needed. Did you really need a new iPod? Another pair of shoes? One more video game?

At the risk of sounding cliche, everyone needs Jesus. And on Christmas, that’s what we get. On Christmas, we celebrate Jesus’ birth. Jesus, who was born for us, given to us to teach us, be an example for us, and then to die on the cross for our sins. To give us hope that tomorrow can and will be better. Talk about a great gift. And boy, oh boy, was it expensive!

God is the reason we have hope. At this rather commercialized time of year, think about the hope we have and the reason we have it. True, Jesus is no iPod. No. He’s much, much better.

Have a blessed week!

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