Hope: Just a Flicker

The definition of a flicker is an unsteady movement of a flame or light that causes different variations of brightness…

This seems to define the way many of us are feeling during these times; trying to shine the light of Christ, but our situations create an unbalance.  This causes us to teeter back and forth, much like a flicker. Some days the light is dull, other days the light is bright. What kind of flicker are you experiencing right now in this season of life? 

Life can feel unsteady with so many uncertainties… health, economy, lack of social interactions, quarantining, quarreling, envy, jealousy, pride, selfishness. You name it -the uncertainties surround us, closing in on every side.  We cannot escape the noise of it all and sometimes it’s just so exhausting. Seven billion voices separate us, but only one can show us who we are and the hope we have.  And it begins with the greatest story that’s ever been told: the story of Jesus Christ’s birth, the story that will always bring hope to all of humanity, even in the darkest of times…

An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because He will save his people from their sins. All  this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means God with us.”  Matthew 1:20-22 (NIV)

As I thought about what to write for the theme “Hope” this month, I racked my brain on what I wanted to say. I got up the other morning and prayed on it. The Holy Spirit put “THE STORY” on my heart and I knew it had to be the story of Christ’s birth. I mean is there any greater hope than that of forgiveness, redemption, and salvation we receive through Christ’s birth? I cannot think of anything greater! I was like, “Yes, thank you, Father, for helping me to see more clearly!” It’s amazing that He doesn’t need us, but He chooses us. Think about that for just a second. He chooses us. And yet we still get STUCK sometimes, captured in the snares of the devil’s traps. The minute our armor drops, the more of a foothold he has on us. The traps are the trials and tribulations of this life and worldly views.  They either build our faith or break it down, creating a barrier between us and God. 

But God…
Enters into this broken world with us as a child, so that we would have HOPE in understanding that He knows what it’s like to live this life. The difference is that He did it without sin.. He who knew no sin. We can go to Christ because He knows how hard this life is. Let’s not forget the fact that this man lived a perfect life and died for sinners, all of us. We all are in need of the medicine that He alone can heal us with. This medicine is the Hope through the forgiveness of sins and knowing and acknowledging Christ as the Son of The Most High, Immanuel. The lyrics shown below from the song “King of Kings” by Hillsong Worship are the definition of Hope in Christ. 

In the darkness, we were waiting
Without hope, without light
‘Til from Heaven You came running
There was mercy in Your eyes
To fulfil the law and prophets 
To a virgin came the Word
From a throne of endless glory
To a cradle in the dirt

Praise the Father, praise the Son
Praise the Spirit, three in one
God of glory, Majesty
Praise forever to the King of Kings

To reveal the kingdom coming 
And to reconcile the lost
To redeem the whole creation 
You did not despise the cross
For even in your suffering 
You saw to the other side
Knowing this was our salvation
Jesus for our sake You died

Praise the Father, praise the Son
Praise the Spirit, three in one
God of Glory, Majesty
Praise forever to the King of Kings

And in the morning that you rose 
All of Heaven held its breath
‘Til that stone was moved for good
For the Lamb had conquered death
And the dead rose from their tombs
And the angels stood in awe
For the souls of all who’d come 
To the Father are restored
And the church of Christ was born
Then the Spirit lit the flame
Now this gospel truth of old
Shall not kneel, shall not faint
By His blood and in His name
In His freedom I am free
For the love of Jesus Christ
Who has resurrected me 

While on this journey there will be times when we feel lost, broken, and misguided.  If we raise our eyes though to the same flicker in the sky that was once followed by the Wise Men, we can have hope that there is more than just this life; the hope of an Eternity with our perfect creator. 

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary, his mother, and they fell down and worshipped Him.”
Matthew 2:10-11 (ESV)

The greatest hope we have is knowing we’re only sojourners here on Earth. The way we live out our days for God while we are here may be just the flicker of hope others around us need to push through.  The hope we experience through Christ has the potential to guide others toward an eternity with Him in heaven.  During this holiday season, may we glorify His name in everything we do, allowing God to transform our flicker into a beacon, guiding others toward home.

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