Advent | Day 12
Thursday, December 8
- Psalms 37.1-18, 37.19-42
- Amos 9.1-10
- Revelation 2.8-17
- Matthew 23.13-26
Advent is a time that Christians prepare their hearts for the incarnation of God’s love in human flesh in the birth of Christ. Advent also symbolizes the spiritual journey that Christians are on as they anticipate His return. It is in the waiting that we allow ourselves to get distracted from the One for whom we wait. In turn we become overwhelmed, stressed and frustrated with the inability to experience joy in our day-to-day lives.
In Psalm 37, David reminds us to “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” In the hyper-connected, fast-paced world we live in, being still is a foreign concept. There are deadlines to meet, people to see and much too much to do. However, in the busyness of doing, we fail to experience the power and the presence of Christ in our lives.
So as we settle into this Advent season, we must depart from the harried life that so deftly consumes us and take to heart David’s words, “Trust in the Lord . . . . Delight yourself in the Lord. . . . Commit yourself to the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” In the midst of our chaotic schedules, we must discipline ourselves to be still in anticipation of His return.
One of my favorite hymns is “Be Still My Soul” by Katharina von Schlegel. The lyrics so clearly illustrate the majesty and power of God as victorious over all and in control of all.
Be still, my soul;
the Lord is on thy side;
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul; thy best, thy heavenly, Friend.
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
The end Katharina speaks of is the cornerstone of the Christian faith that Christ came to earth as a ransom for humanity and will rule with truth and righteousness over His people in His creation. This is the reason we celebrate the promise in the Advent! One day there will be no more schedules to keep and people to please. Our joy will be in the worship of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord!
Senior, Ministry Major
You can access an online version of the 2011 Advent Guide (presented annually be Belmont’s School of Religion) at: http://issuu.com/office.communications/docs/2011_advent_guide#download