For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
This passage is one of hope. We can choose hope this Advent season; we don’t have to make it ourselves, as God has given us real hope.
The world has three definitions of hope:
- Desire for something
- The object of our desire
- The reason for believing that our hopes might become real
Most of our hope begins with these worldly definitions — events, circumstances. We’re not really living with hope, we’re just betting the odds, based on past evidence and maybe promises from others. But Isaiah tells us that God wants to go deeper with hope.
The hope of Isaiah comes alive in us despite circumstances and burdens; it comes from the gift of God’s Son, Jesus, to transform our world.
God committed to (verse 7) give us a new beginning that allows us to see both our present and our future differently, not subject to circumstances.
No matter how good we are, hope in our own strengths and abilities is not enough; in spite of our past and our brokenness, Christ stepped into the midst of our lives and transformed our hope. He takes on our past and our future; the burden becomes His.
When we choose hope, we choose eternity. Hope reminds us that God has given us a masterpiece, painted just for us. Our hope can’t be measured by the state of our body, our struggles or our opportunities. God has overcome. Be still.