“Because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace” (Luke 1:78-79).
Abraham Lincoln wrote, “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” Sometimes we all need that sort of kick. Of course, God’s remedies exceed man’s solutions in both power and effectiveness. When God’s chosen seemed to sink the lowest, God brought forth such a light that would eternally illuminate the world. Let’s look at this verse a bit closer.
God sent his Son because of the tender mercy of our God. God did not disclose the deep interworking of the Father, Son and Spirit in planning our salvation. He sent light because He felt mercy on those without hope. Moreover, He sent that light to those who sit in darkness. They reel to and fro trying to manage all of life’s darts and daggers. Then God sent His Son to rescue us from our sin and misery. Where were we? We stood in the shadow of death. We had no hope, God sent forth His Son to give us eternal peace.
Comparing God’s Hope with Earthly Hope
Earthly hope fades, God’s hope lasts.
Earthly hope is built on the shifting sands, God’s hope rests on a firm foundation.
Earthly hope resembles an uncertain wish, God’s hope is a guarantee of good things to come.
No one can guarantee an earthly hope, but our God guarantees all that He ever promised.
Earthly hope changes with time, God’s hope remains constant.
When we face desperate conditions on earth, we look to the left and then to the right. No one appears to rescue us out of our mess. But then we recall God’s abundant watch care and love, and our spirits soon revive. The Book of Hebrews provides a solid resting place for weary and stressed souls, who often find themselves in desperate situations:
“We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain” (Hebrews 6:19).
Jesus entered heaven and now prepares a place for us (John 14:3). In this we rest our hope, a hope that will not disappoint.
Posted on Mon, December 19, 2016
by Sam Petitfils