Sunday, December 3, 2017
We begin our Advent journey by remembering this is a season of anticipation. Each year when we celebrate Advent we also acknowledge there is a second advent or coming of Christ and we still wait for his return.
The news today was much like it was in Jesus’ day. There are political powers, news stories with all sorts of spin, religious groups, and individuals clamoring after fame and fortune. They will do anything even at others to get what they want.
We are told when we hear of such sensationalized news, we should not be terrified. We are told in advanced so when these things happen we can know that God is in control.
There will be many who will not want to deal with difficulties or struggle. There may also be some who will see difficulties of life as a sign that God is either not pleased with them or worse has failed them. Verse thirteen, mentions that during these times of difficulties, we have an opportunity to bear witness to the greatness of God and His provision for us.
What can we do or say when these difficulties come? Trust God, “for he will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.”
Don’t be worried about the news of the day, or the persecutions of those around trust God and his wisdom. Take the struggles as an opportunity to bear witness about God’s glory.