Sunday, December 18
Isaiah 34:1-2, 8-35:10, Micah 1:1-7:20, and Revelation 6:1-17
About 25 years ago, the wife and I had our first true argument. I felt she and I were true hearted believers in God and could share that same belief to our only son. Being a cheap individual, however, I could not see the benefit of paying extra for our child to attend a parochial elementary school. My wife wanted him to have as many true hearted believers sharing God’s Word as possible. Needless to say, I lost that argument.
What she knew—and I didn’t—was that we all need suitable teachers. As parents, we didn’t have all the answers and we learned along with our son the difference between false prophets and those with true hearts. Today we don’t worry about whom our son chooses as friends and acquaintances because we know his suitable teachers in life have shown him the right path to salvation. While he has had many opportunities to be selfish and greedy in his life, he has remained on the path of righteousness and faith. He is a true hearted believer in God and cares more about his common man than his personal accolades.
More than ever, the world seems full of greed and looking out for self. Today’s Micah text speaks to the Earth’s transgressions and God’s promises of restoration and salvation through the promised Messiah to true hearted believers.
Woe to those who plan iniquity, to those who plot evil on their beds! At morning’s light they carry it out because it is in their power to do it (Micah 2:1).
All the nations may walk in the name of their gods, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever (Micah 4:5).
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times (Micah 5:2).
I have enjoyed 17 years at CUW and the many people I too believe are true hearted. I also pray to be a suitable teacher through the power of the Holy Spirit. May each of us seek the same, during this Advent season and throughout the year.
Football Coach, CUW
About this series
“Advent Anticipation: the arrival of our Savior” is a sampling of biblical meditations composed by members of the CUWAA community. It is our prayer that you will take time during the Advent season to read and reflect upon God’s Word and await the coming of Jesus with newfound enthusiasm and anticipation through the Holy Spirit.