Don't Lose Sight

In Advent, we anticipate the Promise of God. The coming of Jesus reminds us that God keeps his promises. Enjoy prayerfully reading these passages this week as we focus on this promise-keeping God.

Monday – Isaiah 40.3-5. “No doubt a huge proportion of people in our culture will be disappointed in this year’s Christmas if all it means to them are material elements of cards, decorations, gifts, and parties, or if they are trying to recapture some romantic magic from exaggerated childhood memories. The Church, in contrast, offers a great gift in the season of Advent. Advent teaches us to long for a Messiah, who never disappoints us” (Marva Dawn, Morning by Morning). Ask the Lord to create in you a spirit of anticipation and hope in this Advent season.

Tuesday – Genesis 21.1-3. God is the original promise keeper. In salvation history, Abraham is a key figure. He receives promises from God, some of which are quite outrageous to the human mind. He trusts God, waits, and obeys. We read of God’s promise delivered, literally and figuratively in the birth of Isaac. The foundation of our relationship with the God of promise is just like Abraham’s: trust, obey, and wait to receive.

Wednesday – Genesis 28.14-16. Jacob has cheated his brother Esau out of his rightful birthright and blessing. Now Jacob is on the run, fearing for his life. He pauses for a night’s sleep and has a dream of God blessing him with descendants and a return to the land of promise. God’s promised blessing isn’t based on Jacob being deserving. That’s true of you and me. We, too, have received the promise of a Messiah, a Savior that we don’t deserve.

Thursday – Exodus 3. 11-12. Do you ever feel insignificant? Moses was tending sheep. God paid him a special visit and gave him a promise. “We must understand that we are in partnership with the Triune One who is the Sovereign God, and He is out to redeem the world. The more amazing thing is that with His empowerment, you and I can be used in his redemptive plan for the world” (Dennis Kinlaw, This Day with the Master). Are you ready for and desiring an adventure with God?

Friday – Joshua 21.43-45. Just like nine of the ten lepers that Jesus healed, do we also often fail to offer thanks for God’s good work in our lives? For them, it was restored health, which removed their status as untouchable outcasts. For one of the ten, a Samaritan, it was different. Overwhelmed with gratitude to God, Luke says that he “threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him.” What brings you to your knees in gratitude to God? Let’s enjoy expressing thanks to Him today.

Saturday – 2 Chronicles 6.16-17. King Solomon is offering a prayer of dedication, and he has recounted God’s faithfulness to his promises. There is a key element to our receiving and remaining in God’s promises: demonstrating our trust in Him by obeying Him. God promises. We trust and receive by faith. We obey. We wait. God fulfills. Simply trusting and obeying him may be the most daring things we ever do.