Thursday- day 4 of the first week of Advent- we continue to focus on the hope that we have in the Lord and His mighty power. We light the first candle because we, like God’s people centuries ago, look forward with hope to celebrate the coming of the Shepherd.
“The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is his” (Genesis 49:10).
The Bible reveals a promise to Judah, that a descendant of Judah would be ruler over all the nations. Jesus, a descendant of Judah, is this ruler.
Advent is about faith and waiting. What are you waiting on God for this year? Remember the years of silence as God’s people waited for the Messiah. Take time today, right now, to reflect on the fact that God’s timing is quite different from ours. The story of Jesus’ birth gives us assurance and joy because even though the waiting lingered for decades, God broke through at just the right time.
How long must you wait for the Father to reveal His will to you? As long as is necessary to spiritually prepare you for what He has to tell you. It all depends upon your willingness to listen to Him and the timing for His perfect plan to be accomplished. -Dr. Charles Stanley
“I trust in You, O Lord, I say “You are my God.” My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me. Make Your face to shine upon Your servant; save me in Your lovingkindness.” -Psalm 31:14
As we celebrate Advent and we focus on the gift of hope that Jesus brings to our lives, recognize that His hope gives us the power to endure, to know that it is all for good, even when the circumstances seem to make no sense. Cherish the gift of Hope.
“Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:2