It’s Christmas Eve, and you need hope—hope for the future, hope for tomorrow, or maybe just hope for today! I have good news: the Bible is full of hope! Today’s passage talks about a group of people who didn’t realize that it was practically Christmas Eve. See if you don’t agree.
Just like you, the people living in Israel needed hope. Micah was a prophet whose mission was the same as God’s mission—to give hope! So Micah preached to the Israelites. He warned them that judgment was coming, told them why judgment was coming, and then assured them that, even though they had fallen, they could still get back up again. If that alone wasn’t enough, Micah continued to paint a beautiful, but realistic, picture of the future.
First, he reminded them of the everlasting happiness that would “come to pass in the latter days” (verse 1). After the good news came the bad news.
Writhe and groan, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in labor, for now you shall go out from the city and dwell in the open country; you shall go to Babylon.
Babylon meant captivity and enslavement, but Micah did not dwell on the bad news for long. Far from it, the same verse continues, “There you shall be rescued; there the Lord will redeem you from the hand of your enemies.” Bad times would come, but God would rescue His people from the bad times!
Then Micah talked about the present, and here’s where the Christmas Eve comes in.
Now many nations are assembled against you, saying, “Let her be defiled, and let our eyes gaze upon Zion.”
But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord; they do not understand His plan, that He has gathered them as sheaves to the threshing floor.
Many nations were eager to see Israel fall, but they didn’t know that God had a plan for His people. When Israel was taken into captivity and enslaved, everyone thought it would be the end. But God was in control. He had other plans! The Israelites would be returned to their homeland, a Messiah would come to save them, and at the very end, God’s own people would live in an eternity of happiness.
Maybe you feel like that today—that someone or something is against you, hoping you will fail. If you’ve lost all hope today, listen to this: Your problems do not know the thoughts of the Lord, and they don’t understand His plan. He has gathered you up in His arms, and you are His own. He will carry you through the troubles you’re facing, and He has good plans in store for you!
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Today, you have hope! His name is Jesus, and He wants to be your Best Friend!
The Israelites would have a long time until their ultimate hope came. Christmas Eve lasted a long time, but Christmas morning would come eventually. Their ultimate hope was Jesus’ first coming as a baby. Our ultimate hope is Jesus’ second coming as a King. If He is your best friend, you have nothing to fear!
“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Good Christians, now rejoice
With heart, and soul, and voice
Now ye need not fear the grave!
Jesus Christ was born to save
Calls you one and calls you all
To gain His everlasting hall
Christ was born to save!
Christ was born to save!
God gave you a gift this Christmas. You can open it right now if you want! It’s a little gift called hope.
Timmy Baze 😀