Love Came Down: A Certain Hope
Looking back, 2016 has been a year in which I feel like I’ve been asking God a lot of questions. I’ve been asking Him for guidance, clarity and wisdom in different areas of my life - work, friendships, future and calling. I want to live with Jesus at the very centre and use my life to serve him, but there have been times this last year when I felt like I didn’t quite know what that looks like in the day-to-day, and when I look ahead at the next few months and years, things seem increasingly uncertain and unclear.
I guess like many of us, I don’t like uncertainty. I like to know what the plan is, what I’m meant to do, and how I’m meant to be doing it.
In the midst of this, I’ve been really struck by some verses in Joshua. God tells Joshua to take his people across a massive river and lead them into the promised land. It sounds impossible and God doesn’t exactly give Joshua a lot of details about this - there don’t seem to be suggestions about the best time of day to attempt it or the best shoes to wear. Instead, God says:
No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. (Joshua 1:5-6)
In the face of uncertainty, God commands us to be strong and courageous. Why? Because he promises us a certain hope of a beautiful and perfect relationship with him in heaven - it's our very own land to inherit. God gives us this hope and ultimately, nothing can get in the way of His plans.
In his mercy, God has answered lots of my questions this year. Of course, I don’t have all the answers (I never will!) and there is still some uncertainty, but my prayer is that God would help me fix my eyes on the perfect hope He gives me, and remember that he's always with me.
At that very first Christmas, Love came down from heaven to be with us on earth. Jesus walked on earth and understood the struggles and joys of daily life. He came to give us access to this perfect hope of heaven.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. (Hebrews 6:19)
Emma grew up in Bath, before moving to Cambridge and studying Law there at university. Emma is married to Luke, works in finance, and is part of the church family at Christ Church Cambridge.