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O Come, Let Us Adore Him 17: Saturday Noel – The Birth of Hope

O Come, Let Us Adore Him – Advent Day 17 – Saturday Noel – The Birth of Hope

Through this Advent study, we will pause on Saturdays to consider this season of “Noel,” meaning “birth.” We rejoice in the birth of our Savior! We also rejoice in what the Lord births in our hearts as we embrace His truth and rest in His promises.

Today’s Noel:

During this season I often hear the phrase “hope was born on Christmas morn.” Although it is a touching thought, I would like to respectfully disagree. Christ, the center of our hope, was born as the promised Child on that first Christmas morning. But I believe the birth of HOPE happened long before that day in Bethlehem. It happened the moment the LORD spoke the first word of promise!

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you (Deuteronomy 31:8, NLT). Be sure of this: I am with you always (Matthew 28:20, NLT).

How many times through Scripture do we read phrases like these: “take courage… be strong… do not fear,” “I will be with you,” “I will never leave you,” “the LORD Himself will provide,” “the LORD will fight for you”?

It is the integrity of the One speaking those words of promise that breathes bright hope into any defeat or discouragement we face.

No matter how impossible our situation may seem, all is not lost; crushing grief or despair or hopelessness is not the end of the story. The LORD Himself, the great I AM, speaks the only true, eternal word. His power is limitless. His love is unfathomable. His presence will never leave you.

With our Savior, there is hope. There is always hope. Ask Him, today, to help you experience the strength and comfort of His presence, and a renewed confidence in His redeeming power. He came to fulfill the Father’s promise to be with us, to deliver us from the power of sin and death, to secure our place with Him that can never be threatened, right by His side—always.

“God with us, EMMANUEL, in His arms all will be well” (Francesca Battistelli).

Let us hold unswervingly to the HOPE we profess, for He who promised is faithful! (Hebrews 10:23)

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