“He will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” (Luke 1:16–17)
As John the Baptiser prepared Israel for their Messiah, this year I want to see if Advent can prepare us to celebrate the coming of our Messiah. I am not from a confessional church where Advent or Lent were ever mentioned. As Christmas drew nearer I would have my daily devotions from passages of Scripture to prepare my heart for it. This year I want to focus even more, and plan I to write for each day of Advent. I want to be prepared spiritually because the season has an even more significance when we come prepared.
So that we can be prepared….
First, we want to meditate on the fact that we need a Savior. Christmas is a charge against me before it can be a delight. It will not have its intended effect until we feel desperately the need for a Savior.
Second, we want to have real self-examination. “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” Let every heart prepare Him room by cleaning our own house.
Third, we want to build a God-centered anticipation and expectancy and excitement into our homes, especially for the children. If I am excited about Christ, they probably will be too. If you can only make Christmas exciting with material things, how will our children get a thirst for God? We need to stretch our imaginations to make the wonder of the King’s arrival visible for the children.
Fourth, we need to be in the Scriptures. “Is not my word like fire, says the Lord!” Let’s gather around that fire this Advent season. It is warm. It is glimmering with colors of grace. It is light for dark nights.
Shalom, until tomorrow, Lord willing,