Daily Advent Devotions from Church Street UMC
Thursday, December 10, Evening
By John Peterson
The World – What Will Baby Jesus Think?
Read Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
In this year 2020, the world has been in turmoil more than any time in history. As the year draws to an end, the season of Jesus’ birth will be celebrated as a Holy celebration. In America, many families will experience the season as a new, strange, and unfamiliar experience. While the new disease Covid has been at the center of this disruption, it is not the only cause. This has been a time of loss of family members due to disease, accidents, crime, splits, drugs, financial loss, and (most significant) a separation from one’s own Church.
Jesus tells us, “He will never leave us.”
Have we forgotten that God controls the whole world? God sent His only Son Jesus to bring salvation to all who believe in him and accept Jesus as their savior. We were given the Holy Spirit to guide, help and direct all who ask for help. God gives everyone all the help needed to live in a beautiful world, with blessings for those who follow Jesus’ direction.
I believe Jesus would tell all how sad our actions have made Him. Jesus is upset we have not trusted the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ teaching says we are not to give up, but be strong, pray continually and give thanks for all our blessings. In sight of any loss in this world, one can always make a long list of blessings. Jesus said love your neighbor. This one command demands one should forget self and the “I,” “me” syndrome of 2020. Jesus will meet all our needs, if we are taking care of our neighbors.
During the celebration of Jesus’ birth, put praying, trusting and doing what Jesus wants first on your list. Jesus has a plan, purpose and need for everyone.
Dear God, forgive our business of selfish ways. Help keep your directions before us daily. We trust you and want to be more obedient. In Jesus’ name, hear our prayers.