Peace family, this week of Advent focuses on the love that we have in Christ and his coming. Do you ever struggle to fathom that love? As my family celebrated Advent each year and lit the second candle in our wreath, we would sing “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful,” which I think is a great reflection of God’s love for us, and our love for him.
The first two lines of that song go, “O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,” and invite those who are faithful to come and worship. The rest of the song speaks about his majesty as the King of Angels; he is worthy of our reverence, worship, obedience and faithfulness.
Peace family, in Christ, we are joyful and triumphant! That is part of your identity, no matter how worn out or battered you feel. We are also called to revere and obey a God who is truly worth going deep with, a God who is bigger, more powerful, and more majestic than we can comprehend. Every good thing in our lives is a gift from God, and what a good God he is! Whatever the worries, brokenness, and sufferings of our lives, we can still trust that he is a faithful God, and a loving God. That can be very difficult to work through, especially when we look at the suffering in the world around us, but that suffering, caused by the fallen nature of the world and the sin of humans, is exactly why we need a loving God.
If this has been a year of distance between you and God, then now is a time to re-examine the love that he has for you, and to answer his call for you to come and be close to him. Give yourself some time to reconsider how much you are truly loved by God. My prayer for you today, is that you might understand how great and loving he is, as well as your value in Him, on a deeper level than ever before, and that you might come closer to Him than ever before.