Dec 4 - Advent Christians

TODAY'S PASSAGE

In the last days
the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established
as the highest of the mountains;
it will be exalted above the hills,
and peoples will stream to it.
2 Many nations will come and say,

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
so that we may walk in his paths.”
The law will go out from Zion,
the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
3 He will judge between many peoples
and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war anymore.
4 Everyone will sit under their own vine
and under their own fig tree,
and no one will make them afraid,
for the Lord Almighty has spoken.
5 All the nations may walk
in the name of their gods,
but we will walk in the name of the Lord
our God for ever and ever.
— Micah 4:1-5

SUPPORTING PASSAGES

Psalm 79; Micah 4:1-5; Revelation 15:1-8


TODAY'S DEVOTION

The word advent refers to the coming or arrival of a notable person or event.  On the church calendar it is a time of preparation to celebrate the birth of Christ. Yet in reality Advent embraces a larger hope for the future. Micah 4:1-5 provides metaphors for this hope. In a time of uncertainty, political chaos, war, and personal suffering, Micah looked forward to the day God would be exalted and persons from many nations would obey his will (4:1-2). In that day peace between nations and personal well-being would be a reality (4:3-4). Micah’s words are similar to the message given to shepherds at Jesus’ birth, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased” (Luke 2:14). In this sense, Advent refers to more than a religious season. It can also define persons of faith. We are Advent Christians, living each day of the year expecting and experiencing the peace of Yahweh.  How do we do this? Micah expressed it simply: “All other nations may follow their own gods, but we will follow the Lord our God forever and ever” (Micah 4:5).


LET US PRAY

Benevolent God, we are grateful that you are always coming to us in our personal lives which are often challenging and chaotic. May we welcome your presence each day by obeying your will. Amen.


TODAY'S AUTHOR

Dr. Bill Blevins is the Emeritus  Professor of Counseling at Carson-Newman University. He and his wife, Carolyn have been members of First Baptist Church for almost 39 years. During this season of Advent, I am most looking forward to the presence of God that enables me to cope with life now and assures hope for the future.