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 7. God’s plan… but me?
TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE as you begin
We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of people we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place where your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming. 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10
REFLECTION from Eric Hansen
I know God has a plan and knows what he’s doing, but … it’s always what comes after the “but” in that comment that reveals our doubts. I’ve never been very comfortable when I read about God choosing me to be an example to all believers. I know God has a plan and knows what he’s doing but he’s obviously drafted the wrong player. How can I possibly live up to those expectations?
I can’t. We can’t. Not on our own. God tells us that only by the power of His word and the Holy Spirit can we hope to truly be his people in this world. His instructions, as always, are simple: turn to God and wait for His son.
My hope for you this Advent season is that you will find some time to turn away from all those things that consume our time and resources – good and bad – and use that time to turn towards God. Turn towards God and wait. Wait with silence, peace, and excited expectation for the gift of the baby, His son, our hope.
PRAYER: Lord, slow me down. Help me to turn off the busyness and the noise of this season, and turn to you. Help me to listen, and to wait, and to expect the amazing gift of your son. AMEN.
TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE as you close.