You are invited into a time of spiritual reflection and prayer in this Advent season—a season of waiting and listening, a season of expectation and hope.
O Lord, let me not conform to the ways of this world, but transform me by your Holy Spirit; renew me mind and heart that I may discern and do Your Will—what is good and acceptable and perfect. AMEN.
December 13. GOD is faithful.
TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE as you begin
Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our ancestors? Judah has been faithless, and abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah has profaned the sanctuary of the Lord, which he loves, and has married the daughter of a foreign god. May the Lord cut off from the tents of Jacob anyone who does this—any to witness or answer, or to bring an offering to the Lord of hosts. And this you do as well: You cover the Lord’s altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor at your hand. You ask, “Why does he not?” Because the Lord was a witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. Did not one God make her? Both flesh and spirit are his. And what does the one God desire? Godly offspring. So look to yourselves, and do not let anyone be faithless to the wife of his youth. For I hate divorce, says the Lord, the God of Israel, and covering one’s garment with violence, says the Lord of hosts. So take heed to yourselves and do not be faithless. You have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet you say, “How have we wearied him?” By saying, “All who do evil are good in the sight of the Lord, and he delights in them.” Or by asking, “Where is the God of justice?”
See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. Malachi 2:10-3:1
REFLECTION from Jenny Aldridge
Are we like Judah, impatient and so “prone to wander”? Are we complaining about God not being just, when the results of our sin are manifested? Judah saw the short-term prosperity of the wicked and jealously concluded that God delighted in their wickedness. No wonder the Lord was wearied with their words and had to remind them again of His promise.
“And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple, and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts.”
God is faithful in His promises. He was faithful in sending His Son, and will be faithful in His return. This Advent season rest in the faithfulness of God. It is hard sometimes to be patient, but we are called to be faithful, as a witness to this world.
PRAYER: God, you are always faithful. Help us to remain steadfast in your covenant and rest in the peace that you are never-ending in your love and care for us, and will gather us in. Keep us faithful and anticipating. AMEN.
TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE as you close.