Advent Devotional Day 5

Thursday, December 1

Comfort, comfort my people!
    says your God.
Speak compassionately to Jerusalem,
        and proclaim to her that her compulsory service has ended,
    that her penalty has been paid,
    that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins!
A voice is crying out:
“Clear the Lord’s way in the desert!
    Make a level highway in the wilderness for our God!
Every valley will be raised up,
    and every mountain and hill will be flattened.
    Uneven ground will become level,
    and rough terrain a valley plain.
The Lord’s glory will appear,
    and all humanity will see it together;
    the Lord’s mouth has commanded it.”

- Isaiah 40:1-5


Reflection:

Did you ever have to admit a mistake you made to someone you love, certain that they would ostracize you because you deserve nothing more? However, after your honest vulnerability, they respond with compassion and grace? Sure, they may have been hurt or disappointed, but to your surprise, their committed love for you outweighed your lapse in judgment. God’s love is unwavering, too. He doesn’t promise us that we will avoid trials and mistakes in life through faith, but instead He offers comfort in the fact that these adversities will be used to shape us into true disciples. God promises to forgive and to be there to accept us with open arms when we return from the wilderness. Sometimes we have to be broken down before we can be rebuilt, just like construction zones. Our lives may look disheveled at a glance, but God promises that if we choose to trust and obey, we will be crafted into something beautiful. 


Prayer:
God, as I navigate this messy life, I am comforted to know your love is steadfast. When I sin, I am not worthy of your grace, but you always stand by me. For that, I am thankful. Help me to continue to seek You both on my worst days and on my best and to continue to grow into the follower you deserve. “Lord, you are our father. We are the clay, and you are our potter. All of us are the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8). Amen.

Written by Steph Beatty


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