Advent Reading ~In His Word ~ 12-20-2020


Advent Reading~ In His Word~ December 20, 2020

Joy to the World! The Lord has come that we may have faith  and life more abundantly!

But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. John 20:31

Do you have faith today? The Wisemen and Shepherds followed the directions of angels and the star by faith that God had given them this direction. They trusted God to show them where to go and to bring them to Immanuel. Back in Isaiah 7 we can find out that the signs and wonders that the king in that time was asking for was for testing out the Lord God to see if what He said was true. We do that sometimes, we pray a fleece prayer and put out a if then type of request. I think this tells us our faith was not strong enough to believe that God will direct us regardless.

Mary and Joseph did not put out a fleece and say if this baby is of God then… They accepted that they would be parents to the Son of God. They had faith in God and gave us a great example of walking in and through what God gives us to walk through in life.

Unless your faith is firm, I cannot make you stand firm.” Isaiah 7:9

All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’). Isaiah 7:12

After the shepherds came the Word of God says that Mary pondered these things and thought on them. She kept the memory of the whole ordeal of the angels bringing the shepherds to see her newborn son, and everything that people said about Jesus as He grew up to remind herself of the good in Him, or the God in Him, I believe.

Now when they had seen Him, they made [f]widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.  Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them. Luke 2:18-20


Of course, we do not all get visitations from Angels, but still we must believe in the Lord Jesus, the Christ, to be saved. We must trust and have faith in God to walk us through not just 2020 but beyond. We must have faith that we do not need signs and wonders to find Jesus but to find His presence within us through the Holy Spirit is enough. When we look to the hills, when we watch a sunrise or sunset, when we hear a newborn baby coo or gurgle, and it makes us smile. These are things that can remind us what a good God we serve and love and are loved by. These are things that can be signs, not that we need to find one to believe, but that we can ponder these things and know that God is with us. To remind us of His greatness.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the [b]evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. Hebrews 11:1-2


Our God has walked with us through this year and by faith we know He will walk with us through the next. Let us rejoice and celebrate Jesus today because He came so that we could be free to have faith openly, to know that we have faith and that we can trust God to be the one to walk with us. Let us sing songs of worship and joy! Let us sing Joy to the World today for our Lord has come to earth to bring us into His presence! Let us ponder these things… In Jesus’ name…