Journey to Bethlehem, Our Christmas Devotional Day 10 Psalm 126:4-6
Tuesday, December 11
4 Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
like streams in the Negeb!
5 Those who sow in tears
shall reap with shouts of joy!
6 He who goes out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
bringing his sheaves with him.
The definition of the word “joy” is one we often equate with happiness, but it is so much more. Joy is an emotion that’s attained by the anticipation, acquirement, or the expectation of something great. Joy in the case of advent is a combination of all three.
Remember when you were a kid writing your Christmas list. In your mind the expectations start running wild of what you will ask for.
Remember when you were a kid on Christmas Eve, waiting for the next morning to come so you could open your presents, lying in bed unable to sleep. Then Christmas finally came, and you unwrapped your presents, so excited to finally play with what you were gifted.
All three of those situations are all part of joy: expectation, anticipation, acquiring. We as Christians should be overwhelmed with joy by the expectation of the coming of the King, for He will show us the way.
We as Christians should be overwhelmed with joy by the anticipation because it means the end of suffering.
We as Christians should be overwhelmed with the joy by the acquirement of the king because with Him our souls are saved.
This year for Advent we should refocus our joy on something greater. The king has come and will come again. All for us.
God, I pray that you set my heart on the expectation of the coming of Your son. God, I pray that You set my heart on the anticipation of the coming of Your son. God, I pray that You set my heart on the acquirement of the coming of Your son in my life. Amen
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December 22, 2018Journey to Bethlehem Day 21 Luke 3:15-20