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