Here’s my second contribution to this year’s Mondoville Advent series.
Advent Devotional for 22 Dec 13
King James Version (KJV)
6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence,
7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
8 The Lord hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength,Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hastlaboured:
9 But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the Lord; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my holiness.
10 Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.
11 Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
12 And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the Lord: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.
Did you ever feel like everyone wants a piece of you? Family, friends, bell ringers – that’s right, even the good things seem to want your attention, your work, your time. And the bad things? Exams, crowded stores, the people you hoped you wouldn’t run into? It feels like those take pieces out of you as well.
And that’s where God comes in. Through Isaiah, he reminds us that soon enough, He’s going to make everything – including us – whole. He’s going to let us have what we’ve worked for –which after all, is what He has given us. He has seen us working, scrambling, struggling, and He hasn’t forgotten about us. He’s everything, and in the Advent season, we celebrate His choice not to forsake us, but to let us share in that everything. Be ready!
Heavenly Father, thank you for remembering us, and for reminding us that we will one day share in You, Who fills every need. In Christ’s name, amen.