Advent Devotion December 6


December 06, 2018

BELIEVING IN THE LORD

Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
    because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
    in the house of his servant David
(as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
salvation from our enemies
    and from the hand of all who hate us—
to show mercy to our ancestors
    and to remember his holy covenant,
    the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
    and to enable us to serve him without fear
    in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
    for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
to give his people the knowledge of salvation
    through the forgiveness of their sins,
because of the tender mercy of our God,
    by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
to shine on those living in darkness
    and in the shadow of death,
guide our feet into the path of peace.”

— Luke 1:68-79

This passage begins with Zechariah singing about all of the promises God has made to the people of Israel, which were the promises of redemption and salvation from the enemies who hated them. The line, “… to rescue us from the hand of our enemies; and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days” stuck out to me. This stuck out to me because it made me think about how we should not be living in fear of being judged or hurt by our enemies because God has it under control. He keeps his promises and has a plan for each and every one of us. As long as we live our lives with God in our hearts and in our minds, and serve him, we should not fear the things out of our control because God has got us.

The second half of this passage is about Zechariah talking to John about what he must go on to do. The lines that stuck out to me were the final lines, “…by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” This made me think that as long as we can trust God and not live in fear, we can find peace and live a good life. Even if you feel like you are in the darkest of places and do not see a way out, the light will come to bring us to peace if we keep on waiting, trusting, and believing. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank you for all that you do for us, even if we may not be able to see the work you are doing at the time. We know that you have a plan for us and we need to continue to trust and believe in your greatness. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

By: Amanda Jensen, Administrative Assistant, Iowa United Methodist Foundation