DAY 6 • DECEMBER 18
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
“You, Lord, showed favor to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins. I will listen to what God the Lord says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants— but let them not turn to folly. Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land. Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other. Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven. The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest. Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.
2020 has been a crazy year. The pandemic, the racial conflicts, and societal oppositions just keep coming. Undoubtedly, God has allowed our world to be shaken forcibly. But why? Perhaps this Psalm gives us a hint. This psalm was written after the Israelites returned from Babylon. God had to shake up their world to get their attention and remind them of their purpose. Perhaps God is doing the same for us right now. But what is God’s purpose for us? The answer is in the message and meaning of the Christmas season. Jesus came so we can be in a relationship with his Father and ours. God’s glory dwells in this world through this intimate relationship between us and God. Our perfect God desires cooperation with His imperfect children to bring salvation, love, peace, and righteousness- a restoration of His glory. He needs his children to be revived first so the earth can be awakened. A great revival comes before a great awakening.
Praise God for the salvation he brings, and the love and hope He provides through Jesus. Thank him for the gracious things that you have received in this unprecedented year, no matter how big or small.
Invite the presence of the Holy Spirit as you sit in silence. Bring your questions before God. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you how seemingly negative circumstances may actually be a part of God’s plan. Listen and receive God’s answer with gratefulness, obedience, and humility.
Invite the conviction of the Holy Spirit into your heart to resolve your misunderstandings and misinterpretations of God’s will and perspectives. Ask the same thing for your family, church, and our world. Pray that the Holy Spirit might transform your attitude to be more like Jesus in the coming year, no matter what it brings.
Today, let’s be a part of God’s renewing work in our world. Ask God to bring a person to your mind who needs a word of encouragement. Ask God to give you a scripture for that person. Reflect on the scripture and ask what He wants to say through this verse to that person- a specific thought, aspect, word or concern. Then ask God what He wants you to do about it: a zoom call, a card, a visit, a provision or just prayer.
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