Advent Day 2: November 29, 2021

Greg Whaley   -  

Isaiah 35:4

Say to those with anxious heart, “Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; the retribution of God will come, but He will save you.”

Our celebration of Christmas is, in many ways, a celebration of courage. As we read the prophets foretell of a promised Messiah, we hear in their words an assurance of God’s kingdom to come through Him.  Their words pierce the anxiousness of our heart and call us to action – take courage, fear not!  This is an especially powerful word to us today, as there are so many things to be anxious about.

But then again, there have always been things to be anxious about. People have always found more than enough to worry about in their lives; Why should any generation have courage when there are so many problems to worry about?  How can any of us not fear the scary ways of this broken world? The coming of Jesus shows us the way.

God is determined to save us, and we see how strong His determination is in the form of the virgin-born infant to a world that fights against His very existence with all the force it can bring to bear. Yet, God will not be deterred. Immanuel – God with us – comes to set all things right again. By His spirit, He keeps on coming in our lives to bring all of those who trust Him to full, abundant, and eternal life.  Longfellow’s poem, Christmas Bells, reminds us of this truth:

 

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:

God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;

The Wrong shall fail, The Right prevail,

With peace on earth, good-will to men. 

 

Take heart today, God is not finished with you or with this world!

– Pastor Greg Whaley

Prayer: Lord of all light, in Whom there is no variation or shadow, be my light of courage and fearlessness as You grow me in grace and truth.  Let me not set my eyes on anxious and temporary things, but rather fill my sight with You and nothing less than You. In Christ’s name, amen.