First Sunday of Advent – Promise

December 2, 2018

“In those days and at that time, I will raise up a righteous branch from David’s line, who will do what is just and right in the land.”

~Jeremiah 33:15

Reflections by C.S.Lewis on Jeremiah 33:15-16

“Justice is much more than the sort of thing that goes on in law courts. It is the old name for everything we should now call “fairness”; it includes honesty, give and take, truthfulness, keeping promises, and all that side of life.”

~from Mere Christianity

Today is the first Sunday of Advent and I am planning to daily share with you through this platform during the season of Advent, I will share some of my thoughts but most importantly sharing the words of God and His promises with you.

I am using a pamphlet published by Abingdon Press, it’s called, “Advent – A Calendar of Devotions 2018.” If you would like a copy I would be happy to send you one, just message me and I will make arrangements to get you a copy.

As I read the reading for today, the writer reminded me of the terrible times in the history of Jerusalem, the ruins of the city by the Babylonians, Roman rulers and the kings of the Hebrews, none of which were righteous enough to lead them into a true community of God. The believers at that time were looking for a person to come and mightily defeat all who persecuted them, someone with power, strength and a command presence. How often have you wanted, wished and waited for something to only be disappointed when it arrive looking different than you had imagined. Life, at least my experiences have often been filled with surprises, good and difficult ones. The one thing I know for certain is this…when I was willing to see the “thing” through to the end and put in the necessary work, God opened my eyes and heart to a clearer path. This reminds me of a favorite verse of mine, 1 Corinthians 13:12 (NIV) “ For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” God’s desire is not to hurt us or to see us hurt by others or even ourselves. He loves each of us and calls us His children and knows each of our names. Some lessons can only be understood by walking through them not around them or over them or under them. I, myself have had to accept that my situations are not caused by God or even Satan, but by my own decisions I’ve made in life. None of us enjoy struggling, and admitting our faults but by doing so we can start to unravel the falsehoods we have learned in life and better understand God’s grace and unconditional love. The one thing I trust completely in is God’s promise to always be with me and to never leave me, that means I will never go through a situation or event without Him. This is just one of many promises from God, promises made centuries ago, like the prophesy of a descendant of David that will execute justice and righteousness in the land. What a blessing to celebrate the birth of Jesus and to share in the promises of God with all those we encounter especially during this Advent season.

Thank you for sharing this journey with me and I pray that you cling to and believe in God’s promises. I have one more thing to share with you, as I got in my car to drive to work yesterday I was greeting with a beautiful rainbow in the sky, though it was only a partial rainbow, God’s promises are full. I hope you enjoy the photos.

Prayer:

Lord, may I know Jesus Christ’s unexpected salvation. Amen.

~Peace and Blessings

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