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A Season of Hope–Day 2

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I love Christmas. It’s a season of hope. Hope in God, hope in His promises, hope and anticipation of His coming to meet with us just when we need Him, to speak to us and breath on us. He is the Bright and Morning Star, the Coming King, the One they waited centuries for.

In yesterday’s post I talked about Romans 15:12-13. Romans 15:12 refers directly to the prophesy in Isaiah 11: 1, “Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot—yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root.”

And so we wait. We hope.

But what happens when we don’t feel filled with hope? What if we struggle to believe God could make something good out of those areas of our lives that feel dead or broken? Pieces of our lives feel more like a stump that was cut down in disappointment and loss than one waiting with hope and anticipation. We face hard things in life: unfulfilled dreams, broken hearts, financial breakdown, sickness and pain. Maybe we hoped and waited, but faced trials along the way that burned pain down deep. Maybe we believe God is faithful and always good, but we’ve felt like that great hope and expectation for His coming in our lives  has been shattered by disappointment. The future that once seemed like a growing tree full of life and blessing isn’t so secure….it feels like a dream cut to the ground. We’ve waiting and hoped and haven’t seen the fulfillment. Yet.

“Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot—yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root.”

Hope again.

You see, that stump of David’s family (otherwise known as the stem of Jesse, King David’s father) laid dormant for 600 years before the coming of Jesus. Jesus is the shoot, the new Branch that grew from that dormant stump. I wonder how many times we’ve looked at that area in our own lives that feels lifeless and dormant and just a seen a dead stump.

All is not lost.

Out of that stump grows a shoot, a branch of new life.

I’m no green thumb. Gardening is NOT my thing, but I do know that when a new branch sprouts from an otherwise dead looking plant, it’s not just BARELY alive or KINDA alive. It’s fully alive. The new life shoot or bud blooming off the stump tells us life has been in the roots all along.

Whatever that area of your life that has felt like a lifeless stump, a cut down dream, an unfulfilled promise, all is not lost. What appears dead has deep roots that God is growing beneath the surface, working where we can’t see, and producing life that will spring forth in His time. His timing is always perfect.

And one day all those silent years later, a star appeared in the City of David, in Bethlehem, and brought forth Jesus, the shoot, the Branch, the new life and fulfillment of the promise of God.

“There’s the root of our ancestor Jesse, breaking through the earth and growing tree tall, tall enough for everyone everywhere to see and take hope!” Rom 15:12

We have hope. What seems dead and beyond repair has life at the roots. We might not see it on the surface, but He does. New life is coming.

He’s working where we can’t always see…deep down. And life is brimming.

Hope again. All is not lost.

Take heart. He is coming.

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12 thoughts on “A Season of Hope–Day 2

  1. wow… this is a blessing. Its our devotion to God to be filled with His Spirit and this then is what others may know — we may be the only love that they see in their day. I know to accept that I am human and weak and that God fills me with all that His Will requires for me to be doing His Work. Certainly, I like to know that I’m not alone. Thank you. God Bless You And Yours.
    ~ Eric

  2. Wow…the word of the Lord is in you my daughter…..THANK YOU for your obedience to Jesus and His work of grace in this season of your life…..FAITH pleases our Father – our children hold onto that promise from the Word- you are an amazing lady!!!!!!

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  6. Thank You so much I need to read that I was thinking I did something against GOD I just really believe with my whole heart that my new towel was a blessing from the LORD everybody telling me to get lawyer but not that he would take from me

  7. Thank You so much I need to read that I was thinking I did something against GOD I just really believe with my whole heart that my new towel was a blessing from the LORD everybody telling me to get lawyer but not that he would take from me (if u see a towel with a pocket to hold a bar of soap) ok am trying to get over it and keep trusting in JESUS you have a

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