We live in tumultuous times. The world is changing so rapidly. And most people feel it is headed in the wrong direction. Not in a positive direction, but towards greater darkness. Crime, racism, culture wars, political unrest, threats of nuclear war are all problems today. In times like this it is easy to lose hope. And we all know that life without hope is really not sustainable.
So, where do you go to find hope? Where do you go to reclaim the hope you once had? This Christmas season, some will look for it at the mall, or at Amazon, but they will find the shelves empty. Others will try to find it in a cup of “Christmas cheer,” only to find out that the keg has run dry. Still others will look to their dysfunctional families or their careers for hope, only to find themselves disillusioned.
Where Can I Find It?
Try listening to the ancient words of the Prophet Isaiah. In his day, the people of Israel were spiritually, culturally and politically walking in darkness. It was much like today. Because they were in darkness, everywhere they turned brought them further into the gloomy night of despair. But the Prophet Isaiah brought words of hope. He said, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” –Isa. 9:2 (NIV)
True, the light is not here yet. But if you look off to the far horizon, you will see the glimmer of the dawn. The promise of a new day. A bright light that will scatter the darkness. But you have to keep looking. Be patient. The light is almost here.
Audio of the Sermon
Listen below to the entire sermon. You will find it very encouraging: