During this Advent season, I’ve been working through the different themes of Advent worship. Love, joy, hope, and peace are things we have in Christ. He is the source of experiencing those live-giving gifts. The ever-present Holy Spirit works in us to develop each of these vital elements in our lives.
It’s hard to realize your joy is not rooted in your circumstances when you are homeless. Yet, it’s true.
Our circumstances do not dictate our level of love, joy, hope, or peace. Our relationship with God does. The nearer we are to God, the more fully we experience love, joy, hope, and peace. The Lord, our God, is the source of all of these gifts.
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.The government will rest on his shoulders.And he will be called:Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His government and its peace will never end.He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity.The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!Isaiah 9:6-7 (New Living Translation)
At its core, Advent reminds us of our longing. We long for an end to pain, suffering, poverty, injustice, and wickedness. We long for a time when the poor will have what they need and that widows and widowers will no longer experience loneliness. We long for a time when love, joy, hope, and peace will reign supreme.
We long for Christ to return.
Until then, we wait…and worship.
The Devotional Guy™