Advent Devotion – Thursday, December 6

Read: Luke 1:5-19 

Centering Verse: Both of them were righteous before God, living blamelessly according to all the commandments and regulations of the Lord. (Luke 1:6)

Explore:

  • How can we, like John the Baptizer, prepare the ways for Jesus in our world?
  • How would you react if you encountered an angel of God? Do you think angels are still active today?  Why or why not?
  • What have you prayed for and are still waiting for? How might God be preparing you for the answer to that prayer?

Reflect:

I still remember the phone call.  It was in my junior year of college and my mom was calling to tell me that my grandfather had accepted Jesus Christ into his life and was going to be baptized.  At this time, he was in his mid-70s.  He had always known about Jesus and had tried to live a good life.  He was a loving man and devoted to his family.  But there was something missing, and he felt it deeply.  He had lived his whole life as preparation for that moment of commitment.  Many people, including my mom, had been praying for this life-change for decades.  Sometimes we wait for a lifetime to finally receive what God has promised.  Zechariah and Elizabeth had waited to be parents long past what many would say was their “window of opportunity.”  Still, God brought about the blessing of a child for them in their old age—just as God had done for Abraham and Sarah centuries before.  Who knows what God might do for you, even when it seems the opportunity has passed?  Just ask my grandfather, now in his early 90s, who is still living for Jesus.

Closing Prayer: LORD God, give us patience.

 

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