To those who are elect exiles…
According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope…
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials…
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Peter has a lot to say in these verses but I’m not sure I would have thought to put them together with Advent. Silly me! I’m grateful for these words, today especially.
Things are tough around here. .. way beyond the normal Christmas chaos and busyness. There are many responsibilities falling on our shoulders and they are heavy things all coming at once. God knows the list and the concerns that go with each name. I don’t have to list them.
Right now, we feel extremely like exiles – trying to negotiate a foreign terrain. It is uncertain ground – even where we have travelled before, we know will not be the same outcomes. We walk by faith that these are the ways He has chosen for us to go.
But God…always. God has given a beacon out in the distance to guide us home. It is a great mercy and comfort for waiting rooms of every kind – just to see a glimpse of our destination. It is in seeing the Light – though far out in the distance – that we can hold on to our JOY.
Nehemiah tells us, “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” It is indeed. From a pinpoint of Light, hope builds. We become supernaturally filled by the Spirit. Instead of weakness comes renewed energy. God prepares our hearts and minds for action. He sets our course anew.
Keep your eyes fully on His Grace…on His coming!
Thank you for Your Word this morning, Lord. Keep my focus on watching for You.