2017 Advent Devo 6

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Preparation

Read Isaiah 40:3

In our home, we are about the business of preparing. Yes, we are preparing for Advent and Christmas Day, but we also have other preparations underway. With the new year, we look forward to the birth of a new granddaughter.

Funny thing about preparation. Often you must begin without knowing the end result. We know approximately when the baby is due, but we don’t know the exact day. We don’t know her name nor the color of her hair or eyes. But we are moving forward trusting God. In a similar way, Advent is about preparation, but we don’t have all the details. Neither did Isaiah, but he understood God is doing something new that requires the attention of His followers.

We are told to ready a “way” in the wilderness and provide a “highway” in the desert. Road building in the wilderness or desert is challenging work. One might reasonably ask why there and not a more convenient location. Other questions occur. Where will we find the resources? Who will lead the effort?  These questions focus on our effort and miss the possibilities God is introducing. Isaiah simply announces that God will be with His people. He is Emmanuel, and this message offers comfort and hope.

And so we prepare. Just as my family is excited about the arrival of a new baby, so Advent brings a growing excitement about what God is doing in our world and how He is connecting with His people. Isaiah put it this way: “The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together.” (Isaiah 40:5)

Prayer:  Father, draw us toward you that we may know your love and grace. Amen.

- Marshall R. Old

 

 

 

 

Last Published: December 4, 2017 2:57 PM
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