The Season of Advent
Daily Scripture Reading:
Sunday, December 18:
2 Chronicles 34:1-33
While still a boy, King Josiah sought favor in the sight of the Lord. He ordered the restoration of the temple, during which time the "forgotten book," the law of the Lord, was discovered. After reading God's word, he made a covenant to follow the Lord. God showed favor to the Israelites during Josiah's reign.
Lord, we will read your word in the Bible and apply it to our lives. Help us to listen to you as you speak to us through your word. Do not allow it to become a "forgotten book" to us.
Monday, December 19:
Jeremiah 19:1-10; 17:5-14
God told Jeremiah to warn the people of Israel to mend their ways or the land they occupied would not always be their home. He stood at the Pottery Gate and smashed a piece of pottery to illustrate how the country would be broken into pieces as a result of their defiance toward God's rule in their lives.
Lord, let us open our ears to hear and heed the message that you wanted those in Jeremiah's day to hear. If we walk in opposition to your will, we will suffer the consequences. Let us not trust in our own ways, but put our confidence in your ways.
Tuesday, December 20:
By faith and obedience to the Lord, Daniel was saved from the jaws of the lions. He waited in hope for the Lord's deliverance. We also need deliverance from our sin and we can wait with great hope that Jesus will indeed deliver us as well.
Lord, give us Daniel's perspective when faced with overwhelming situations. Daniel teaches us that you are truly sovereign and that you are aware of the circumstances which we face. You are able to rescue us. You can use our faithful responses in whatever situation we are in to make yourself known.
Wednesday, December 21:
Luke 1:5-17; Matthew 3:1-6
John the Baptist taught repentance of sins and baptized in the Jordan River. He announced the coming of the Lord to all who would listen. He proclaimed that Jesus was the Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world.
Father, enable us to tell others about your plan to save us. Let us proclaim, like John, that you are the one who takes away our sin.
Thursday, December 22:
Matthew introduces Joseph, through whose eyes we see some different things about Mary's special child. Jesus will save the people from their sins and in him, God will be truly present with his people.
Father, Joseph was a regular man with a regular job, yet you chose him for a special task. Despite the possible damage to his reputation, he chose to obey. When you choose us for a difficult task, help us to answer as Joseph did - with trust and faith.
Friday, December 23:
Even if he is the first prophet in generations, John the Baptist is not going to be the ultimate word from God to his people. It is Mary's child, Jesus, who will fulfill the peoples' longing for a permanent kingdom in which there will be peace and justice for everyone. The angel announced that God would give this child the throne of his father David, and that he would reign over the house of Jacob. His kingdom will have no end!
Thank you, Lord, that your reign is eternal. May we recognize that though we experience your kingdom in part now, we await the day when the fullness of your kingdom will be revealed to all.
Saturday, December 24:
Glory to God in the highest! Proclaim the Good News! Jesus is with us! Celebrate! Rejoice! God's faithfulness is revealed. He has provided a Savior, the Messiah. This joyful news is for everyone! Luke 19:10 says, "For the Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost."
Thank you, Father, that you have gone to great lengths to make yourself known to us. We rejoice at your coming. Empower us to share your story of love with those who are lost and separated from you.
*Resources for Advent reading plan listed below.
*Resources for Advent reading plan:
ADVENT FOR THE FAMILY. Frederick P. and Patricia K. Auman, Fortress Press, 1978.
THE ADVENT WREATH. Debbie Trafton O’Neal, Augsburg Publishing House: Minneapolis, MN 1988.
CELEBRATE THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY. Ellen Javernick, Shining Star Publications, 1987.
CHRISTMAS IS COMING. Oxmoor House, Birmingham, AL 1988.
GROWING UP TOGETHER. Jan Kempe, Discovery House Publishers, Grand Rapids, MI 1989.
LET’S MAKE A JESSE TREE. Darcy James, Abingdon Press, Parthenon Press, Nashville, TN 1987.
LET’S MAKE A MEMORY. Gloria Gaither and Shirley Dobson, Word Books, Waco, TX 1983.
TO CELEBRATE. Alternatives, Ellenwood, GA 1987.
WHY NOT CELEBRATE! Sara Wenger Shenk, Good Books, Intercourse, PA 1987.
YOUR CHILD’S TEACHABLE MOMENTS. Wanda B. Pelphry, Moody Press, Chicago, IL 1988.
CELEBRATE! Mary Jane Thompson, VIRTUE Magazine, November 1988, p. 58
THE STRANGER ON THE ROAD TO EMMAUS. John R. Cross, Good Seed International, Canada 2003.
THE NIV STUDY BIBLE. Edited by Kenneth Barker, Zondervan Bible Publishers, Grand Rapids, MI 1985