As we continue through the season of Advent, today’s devotion is based on Isaiah 50:2, where we hear God speaking through the prophet Isaiah to the people of Israel. “Why, when I came, was there no man; why, when I called, was there no one to answer?”
God’s people, the ones he had made into a nation had turned away from God to the ways of the world. Still God did not break off his relationship with his people and left them to their fate. He intervened time after time to save what people could be salvaged.
Sometimes God intervenes so obviously that we cannot avoid seeing it. Christmas is an example. It is a celebration that leaves its mark upon all of society. Unfortunately, too many people want to avoid encountering God in Christmas. The holiday for many is used as an excuse to move further away from God. They make Christmas into everything but the celebration of the birth of our Savior.
That is why the Christian Church celebrates the season of Advent. Advent reminds us that Christ is coming back on Judgment Day. It will be too late then for all those who reject him and his teachings. Let us all keep that in mind as we enjoy Christmas this year.
Please pray with me; Lord, I do want to keep focused on you during this time, but you know how easily I get distracted by the things of the world. Please forgive me and restore me, so that on the day you come back in all your glory I will be acceptable to you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.