But just because you were named and labeled as something undesirable, does not mean that it’s the end of the story, and you are doomed to live out that label. In the Bible, we are introduced to a man whose name warranted a name change. But instead of living up that label, he chose God’s label instead and became a success in his life.
Have you ever faced a seemingly impossible situation? Perhaps it was a doctor’s report that you would not be able to bear children. Maybe it’s a relationship that has come undone. Or it’s a financial crisis that has brought your world to a standstill. However impossible the situation may be, your Heavenly Father wants to bring you out of it.
It was late in the afternoon and I was sitting on my bed. A few inches from me sat my Bible, but opening it was the last thing I wanted to do. I was 15 years old, and as I had often done throughout my teen years, I was bemoaning the fact that I was fatherless. At that point in my life, I was having trouble keeping my grades up and I was extremely shy, so making friends had been difficult. I would think, “if only my Dad was still alive, things would have been different for me.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.- Romans 15:13Biblical HopeA thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks, a new and glorious morn… These words from Silent Night perfectly encapsulate what Christmas is all about: A Thrill of Hope.