Recapturing the Wonder of Christmas: A Light Will Shine

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The Old Testament Prophet Isaiah had a lot to say (write) to the people of Israel. While some passages are complex and have a lot of cultural references to them, others remain easy to interpret. For example, God desired His people to “walk in the light of the Lord” (Isaiah 2:5). But some of God’s people neglected to do so and instead walked in darkness. The result was disastrous. 

But Isaiah responds later, “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine (Isaiah 9:2). This passage doesn’t say that God’s people were wishing to see a great light and be restored. Instead, it clearly communicates that God was making a future promise. He was promising to reveal light to all who were walking in darkness.

This was ultimately fulfilled by Jesus. He not only was light, but He brought light to restore what had been broken. (John 1:5, 1:9, 8:12) Today, as you follow and trust Him, you can be confident that He will continue to restore you by His light. 

What is hope? Hope is believing that the best is yet to come. 

READING & JOURNALING:

     ISAIAH 9:1-2

What is one way you’ve personally experienced the light of Christ while you were surrounded by darkness? 

What, if anything, prevents you from sharing this experience with others so that they can better understand real hope?

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, today’s reading is a simple reminder that I haven’t always walked in the light, yet You continually fulfill Your promise to shower me with Your love and grace. Help me to see the countless opportunities I have to share Your love and grace to others. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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