Immersed in Christ: December 4, 2020
Friday of the First Week of Advent
Praise God for Promises
“The Lord is my light and my salvation.”
“I believe that I shall see the bounty of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the Lord.”
Look at what God promises in the readings:
Those deaf to Christ’s teaching “shall hear the words of a book.”
The “eyes of the blind” shall see through the “gloom and darkness” of secular culture.
Those considered “nobodies” will find joy, and “the poor will rejoice” in knowing Jesus.
The “tyrant will be no more,” and “the arrogant will have gone.”
All those whose “mere word condemns a person,” will be cut off.
Is that something to praise God for? Should we praise him already, before we see these promises come true?
If we praise him for them, we will see them come true. What we praise we begin to notice. Praise makes us aware.
Look around you. How many have begun to read the Bible who never did before? Are they happier because of it? How many who were blinded by cultural conditioning have broken free and found hope instead of gloom? Clarity instead of confusion? Praise God for what you see, and you will see more.
How many of the people no one pays any attention to live lives of joy because they know who they are? That they are the beloved, respected sons and daughters of God himself? If you praise God for their dignity, you will appreciate their dignity—and your own.
How many of those who look like they don’t have anything in this world have found the “pearl of great price” in knowing Jesus? How many poor are happier than the rich? If you praise God for this when you see it, you will straighten out your priorities.
Then you will have even more to praise God for.
When you see the work of my hands in your midst,
You will “hallow” my name and respect my Son who alone is “the Holy One.”
You will “be in awe” of the God who saves you.
Two blind men followed Jesus, crying out, “Son of David, have pity on us!” Jesus touched their eyes and said, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” And their eyes were opened.
Jesus never stops giving sight to the blind who 1. know they are blind; 2. cry out to him; 3. praise him for what he does let them see.
The apostles said, “We cannot keep from speaking about what we have seen and heard.” So go and “declare to all the world what you have seen and heard, so that all may have fellowship with us. And truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ” (see Acts 4:20; 1John 1:3).
In the fellowship of the “wedding banquet of the Lamb,” all God’s promises will be realized.
DAILY PRACTICE: Be aware. Keep alert and notice how often you see one of God’s promises fulfilled.
ADVENT PRAYER: “Lord, open my eyes, and my lips will declare your praise.”