Sunday, December 17
Isaiah 33:1-24 and Revelation 5:1-14
Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation for the coming of Jesus Christ. The atmosphere is filled with the giving spirit. People give physical gifts to symbolize their love and gratitude, charitable contributions to support service missions, and their own time as service to mankind. Amidst all the positive and philanthropic energy, I am often shocked by the increase in horrible crime that takes advantage of the generosity of the holiday season. Why do people get away with such wrongdoing?
Today’s passage from Isaiah resonates with themes of hope, righteousness, and the promise of a glorious future. It reminds us to turn to God in times of distress and deepen our reverence for Him, anticipating the fulfillment of His promises.
During the Advent season, I am reminded that Jesus came to bring hope to a world needing redemption. Just as the people of Israel looked to God for deliverance, I, too, can look to Jesus as my hope and source of salvation. When I get discouraged by other people’s transgressions, I reflect on Isaiah 33:22. For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; it is he who will save us.
There is comfort and security in knowing that Jesus came to bring peace and reconciliation between humanity and God. The upcoming celebration of His birth marks the beginning of God’s plan to restore a broken world. I am perennially encouraged by the vision of restoration and the ultimate fulfillment of God’s promises.
I look forward to a future where God’s kingdom will be fully established, and there will be no more suffering or sin. Therefore, I will continue to prepare my heart and mind for the upcoming birth of Christ as the righteous King who will bring about God’s perfect and eternal kingdom. Let us use His Word as our Advent prayer:
O Lord, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our salvation in
the time of trouble (Isaiah 33:2).
To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and
power, for ever and ever (Revelation 5:13b).
DR. ANGELA BROOKS
About this series
“God With Us: the uncommon advent 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.