For several years now, members of the Newberry College community have been invited to write brief devotionals for the days of Advent. The format is simple: We’re given a passage from Scripture, we write a little about it, and we offer a prayer. I’ve always volunteered, and write one or two each year. Here’s the one I did for today. I hope you find it useful.
Jeremiah 33:14-16 (KJV)
14 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah.
15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.
16 In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The Lord our righteousness.
In 1966, Simon and Garfunkel closed one of their albums with an unusual rendition of “Silent Night.” What made it unusual was the fact that they performed the carol over the background of a newscaster reporting the usual things one hears on the news – stories of war, death, and people struggling for peace and justice. The juxtaposition is unnerving, and can be heartbreaking, especially when we realize that we always live in a world that contains those horrors.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, in today’s passage, God promises that the time will come when he’ll give us what we need, in the form of His Son. There will be righteousness. People will be saved and will dwell safely. There won’t be nightmares on the news, and the night can come with the blessings of silence.
In the Advent season, we remember that time is coming, even if we don’t know when, and even if we think the evils of our days are drowning out the silence of that night. The time will come when we will sleep in heavenly peace.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your reminders that the wrongs of the world will be made right. Thank You for the gift of Your Son, and the promise of His coming. In His name we pray – Amen.