Advent Devotion – Sunday, December 9

Read: Micah 5:2-5a 

Centering Verse: But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days. (Micah 5:2)

Explore:

  • In what ways has God used your life to impact others with the love and message of Christ?
  • What would it look like if God’s lost children came back home to him?
  • How has God protected you and given you security?

Reflect:

Do you ever feel too small or insignificant to do the work of God in this world?  God does not necessarily recruit the best looking, most talented, most popular, and wisest people to do his work.  He chooses a young girl, a carpenter, a baby, dirty and smelly shepherds, and a small backwater town to make the biggest statement in the world and start the greatest movement of healing and peace.  When God takes commonplace people and places and connects them to that which is “of old…[and] ancient,” with that which is lasting and solid, then amazing things happen.  We might be right in the middle of the movement of God without even knowing it.  Think of how many people were there in Bethlehem, but were ignorant of what was happening right under their noses.  What is God doing in our little corner of the world?  How might we open ourselves up to this work of God without missing it?

Closing Prayer: LORD God, bring us into your strength and peace.

 

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