Wednesday, December 22nd
Please read Isaiah 40:1-11
“Hope in the Wilderness”
We all have times in our lives when we feel like we’re in a wilderness; whether it is physical, emotional, or spiritual, or even a bit of all three. There are times when we find it hard to trust in God. We struggle to see the bigger picture. We search for our escape but it is if we are in a maze and we keep hitting dead ends. We are lost in a world that is constantly changing.
The prophet Isaiah brought good news to the people who believed God had forgotten them. God made a promise that there is Hope. God’s faithfulness is at work in our lives.
There is no better place to get comfort from God’s word. God has the power to act in our lives now. In our hardship we are comforted, we are forgiven, we have the power to overcome our challenges. Through all this the glory of God is revealed.
This Advent as we prepare ourselves to celebrate God’s coming let’s give thanks for the comfort of God, the loving embrace that he so graciously extends to us. The Light cannot be extinguished by darkness. The candle may flicker but it will never go out.
As we consider the question “What shall I bring?” I hope you will experience with joy the GLORY of God that shines from the star above the Manger, that shines from the empty tomb on Easter Sunday and shines through our lives so all mankind together will see the wonder of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Come Lord Jesus; give us that comfort only you can give. Stir our hearts, O Lord as you reveal to us a new future. Help us to be willing to repent, grow and change.
In memory of Mary Beth Cascio who wrote this devotion in 2014