For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

Even though what was written in Scripture happened long ago, it is just as applicable for us today. It was written for you right now, right where you are. God’s word is relevant. It directs us. It gives us the strength to go on. It encourages us and gives us hope. This hope is fulfilled in the coming of Jesus Christ.

As believers, hope is a necessary part of life. We must cling to the hope Christ offers so that we can persevere for the glory of God, even in the midst of great hardships. This essential hope is found and rooted in the Word of God.

God says that His Word “will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). It does not return void. It is impossible to truly receive the Word of God and not be changed. Thank God for the hope He brings through His Word in knowing your future is with Christ! One of the greatest benefits of observing advent is the direct reminder that Christ has fulfilled God’s past promises by coming, and He will fulfill every promise of God by coming again.

• What is something specific the Scriptures have taught you this week?

• How does reflection on Christ in the advent season encourage you in God’s ability and willingness to keep His Word?

• Pray for wisdom to have a better understanding of the Bible and how to apply it to your life.