Advent Devotion December 4

December 04, 2018


"Then King David went and sat in the Lord’s presence. He asked:
Who am I, Lord God, and of what significance is my family that
you have brought me this far?"
 — 2 Samuel 7:18

Have you ever hit a point in your life where you’ve said, “I don’t deserve this.”? I’ve had this happen many times. Whether it’s help from my family, a job offer, praise from my boss, or a kind act from a stranger, I have thought many times that I am not deserving because I’m not important. I’m not anybody.

Earlier in 2 Samuel, God tells David that God will raise up his descendant to establish a kingdom, (2 Samuel 7:12). David seems confused, talks about how small he is and questions the significance of his family for such an honor. After questioning his importance, he concludes, “What more can I say to you? You know your servant.” (2 Samuel 7:20).

God knows you, and God has a plan for you. You are somebody in the eyes of God. Every person has an important role to play in the world. You should feel worthy because God thinks you are worthy.

For David, God’s promise turned into a promise for all of us. As we await the coming of the Messiah, think about the role you are playing in God’s plan. How can you show others their place in that plan and God’s love for them?

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the people you have sent in my life to remind me that I am important in your eyes. Thank you for the gifts you’ve given me so that I can be a blessing and reminder to others. Show me how to help others discover the gifts and promises you made to them. Amen.

By: Courtney Levin, Staff Writer/Social Media Coordinator, Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church