Daily Devotion Monday December 10

Monday, December 10, 2012 – Psalm 122; Isaiah 5:8-17; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 and Luke 21:20-28

Today is Monday of the 2nd week of Advent. Advent tends to have two strands to it; waiting upon the celebration of our lord’s birth and waiting upon our Lord’s coming again. Today, we find the focus of our readings to be waiting and watching for our Lord’s final return. The readings have a sense of hope in the face of hopelessness to them.

I don’t worry about when Christ is going to return, what I tend to worry about is keeping watch for his presence today and when he comes again.

Every age has its own trials and tribulations. In our own there is ongoing conflict in Israel and around the world. We have the financial cliff facing us here in the United States, a financial cliff that could have dire consequences for people around the world. There are debt problems in many other nations as well, that could impact our situation here. As I think about all the chaos in the world today, I end up realizing that all I can do is seek to work with God in taking care of my own little part of His world. Here are things I take away from our readings today, as I seek to participate with God in bringing about His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

Psalm 122 – 6   Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.
7   Peace be within your walls,
and security within your towers.”

Pray for peace in the world, amongst all the warring factions. Pray.

Isaiah 5:8-17 – 15People are bowed down, everyone is brought low,
and the eyes of the haughty are humbled.
16But the LORD of hosts is exalted by justice,
and the Holy God shows himself holy by righteousness.
17Then the lambs shall graze as in their pasture,
fatlings and kids shall feed among the ruins.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 – 8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him.

Luke 21:20-28 – 28Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

Friends, in the midst of the valleys of life trust in God who came unto us in Jesus and who promises to be with us today even as we watch for his coming again.

Come Lord Jesus. Come and be with us today. Amen.

Readings for Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 – 2nd week of Advent

Psalm 33; Isaiah 5:18-25; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 and Luke 21:29-38

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