Let’s open our Bibles to Isaiah 9:1. As you’re turning I’ll just remind you that our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is Tuesday at 6pm. It will have a special Cowtown feel to it. Next Sunday we’ll have regular Bible Study at 9:45 and just one service at 11:00am and we will share together in the Lord’s Supper. My series is entitled “Keeping Hope Alive.” In Israel there was little hope. The prophet Isaiah saw the day when the Northern Kingdom would be attacked and utterly decimated by the Assyrians. But he saw beyond that to the day that God would raise up a deliverer. Stand as I read Isaiah 9:1-7.
In Isaiah’s day people struggled to keep hope alive, and the same thing is true today. So many people today have lost hope that they can survive … a failing marriage … a boring job … an addiction … a cancer diagnosis … and much more. But God speaks promises that inspire hope in us. Hope is the confidence that God has greater and better things ahead for us.