Journey to Bethlehem Day 7
Saturday, December 7 Matthew 24:36-44
36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. 42 Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
Uncertainty. It raises fear, anxiety, worry, stress, … I could go on and on. Especially during this time of year, we do not want any curveballs thrown to our plans—or, perhaps, where is the money going to come from for all these gifts? Maybe it’s for how family members are going to get along under one roof; or perhaps simply that worry that you might or might not get that one gift.
During this Advent season why not take joy in uncertainty? Now hear me out because I know it sounds crazy but think of the great stories of the Bible and how God provides in uncertainty. Think of Abraham and Sarah: at their age they are going to have a baby and they were going to have to wait until they got even older to have it. Noah had to build a giant boat and be a caretaker with his family over many different species as the world floods around them. Think of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego as they were thrown into a furnace. Lastly think of Moses as he came up to the Red Sea with the forces of Egypt behind him ready to enslave the Israelites again.
God provided a baby whose name would mean laughter, a boat that would survive the flood with enough food to survive, protection against the flames, and a sea that parted to create a walkway. All of these stories are just the tip of the iceberg. There are more, and I guarantee there are some in your life.
Uncertainty is a beautiful thing, and this is coming from someone who is Type A! This Advent look at things with a new perspective. Everything does not have to be perfectly planned. Let a little uncertainty come through, and let God surprise you. He loves to surprise in wonderful and perfect ways. Just trust Him because Trust is a choice. He has already earned it.
Most loving Father, you desire us to give thanks for all things, to dread nothing but the loss of you, and to cast all our care on the One who cares for us. Preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties, and grant that no clouds of this mortal life may hide from us the light of that love which is immortal, and that you have manifested to us in your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.