Advent: A Season of Waiting
Daily Scripture Reading:
Monday, November 30: Psalm 130
Over the next month we will read stories of people who waited for the Messiah to come. We will learn from them how to wait because waiting is an essential part of following Jesus. The promise of Scripture is that no one who waits on the Lord will ever be put to shame.
Tuesday, December 1: Genesis 1:1-2:3
God was there before anything else. By His word of power He made the whole world of nature, fitting it together so that every creature would have its own place and the things it needs to live. Because He made them, they are good and valuable. And the man and woman, He made like Himself.
You made people in Your image, Lord. Help us to be part of Your celebration in this Kingdom. May we be a faithful creation who waits for Your coming and brings honor and glory to You.
Wednesday, December 2: Genesis 2:8-3:24
The man and the woman are given responsibility for the place in which God puts them and are told to care for it in obedience to His instructions. But they don't want to follow God's instructions; they want to manage everything themselves. They disobey God, bringing punishment on themselves, the serpent, and the world in which they lived.
Life is full of temptations that keep us from You, Lord. You know what we really need in our life. Keep us faithful to Your will.
After Adam and Eve, people continue to try to do things their own way instead of God's way. Finally, things get so bad that God decides to wipe out everything in a flood. But even then He finds a family who will obey Him so that He can save humankind and His other creatures and let them try again.
You save Your people from destruction, Lord. You made a covenant with Your faithful ones - with Noah and with us. Thank you for your mercy, Lord.
With Abram and his wife, Sarai, God begins to reveal His sovereign plan for their offspring. Abram obeys when God tells him to move, and he believes God's promise that he will have many grandchildren, even though so far he has no children. Abram's cooperation with God will be the beginning of blessing for all the families of the earth. Abram was considered righteous because of his belief (15:6) - not because of anything he had done.
We have followed in the footsteps of Abram, Lord. By faith, we seek to obey You and Your call on our lives. The promises You made to him are promises for us. We want to walk in Your presence always. Show us the path.
Saturday, December 5: Genesis 22:1-19
God keeps His promise to Abram and Sarai, and their son, Isaac, is born. Their names change, too, to Abraham and Sarah. Abraham still trusts God, even when it seems that God wants him to kill Isaac. But what God wants is not the son's death, only the father's willing obedience.
You called Abraham to sacrifice, Lord, and he still remained faithful to you. Your will can be difficult for us, but keep us faithful to Your call and to the promise - faithful like Abraham.
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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
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