"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." - Isaiah 40:31
The first step is always the hardest. But hope gives us the push to get going. Hope spurs us to take that first step in a difficult time. Hope enables us to keep walking, one more step at a time. And hope sustains us with the vision that there is a better ending. Isaiah reminds us that our strength is renewed when we put our hope in the Lord. The hope that Christ has brought into the world allows our spirit to soar like an eagle. It fuels us to keep walking, one step at a time.
Where is hope leading you? What is the next step God is leading you to take this Christmas season?
"For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness"
- Romans 8:24-26
Now with help from His Spirit, we wait patiently to see His work fulfilled. This was the promise God gave at the beginning and conitnued through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the history of the Jewish people. Our hope is fulfilled in Jesus.
What is your deepest hope this Christmas? What steps can you take to experience the strength of God's Spirit to renew hope and realize His work all around us?