Our True Hope Day 3: Hope Has Come
Daily Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10
As we celebrate the coming of Jesus, we are reminded this is a season of hope. We focus on the God of restoration and redemption. What looks hopeless and dead in the natural, with God’s power, can come alive again for those who believe. Areas in our lives where we think we have failed, God can renew and restore.
A Dead Tree Stump
What is more hopeless and dead than a tree stump? When a tree is cut down, often the stump is left to age in the weather. No life remains in it. It only serves as a reminder of what once was. Yet this is the image God gave to the prophet Isaiah to speak to the people. Jesse was the father of King David, from whom all the kings of Israel descended. David was righteous and known as a man after God’s heart. Yet, as years passed and David died, many of the kings who followed him were not righteous and turned their hearts away from God. Spiritually, they were as dead as a tree stump.
A Shoot Shall Come Forth
But God’s word through Isaiah to the people was, “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,” Jesus is the shoot foretold of, who would come from the stump of Jesse. Jesus is the life that came from something that seemed completely dead. And not only did Jesus come from a lineage that seemed hopeless, He was born into a hopeless situation. He started his ministry and surrounded himself with hopeless disciples. He went on to be crucified in the most horrific and hopeless way.
Hope Is Restored Again
Yet Jesus brought redemption and restoration to Mary and Joseph. Jesus trained the disciples and filled them with his Spirit, and they went on to be world changers. And Jesus conquered the grave through His resurrection! So what is your hopeless situation? What is your stump that looks dead and hopeless? Give it to God. Give it to the one who is still bringing life out of dead stumps!
Questions to Consider: What are the tree stumps in my life? What areas of hopelessness can I surrender to God’s resurrecting power?
Additional Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Matthew 1:1-17