Monday, December 19, 2022
Scripture: James 5:7-10 (NRSV) “Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Beloved do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.”
Devotion: I have learned to be patient through life’s struggles by the example set by Christ’s life. He has bought learning to me through God’s faithfulness and patience with me. The Advent season is a time for us to prepare ourselves through prayers, scriptures, and fellowship with each other. Advent is what our society needs at this moment. Advent is shown by three different perspectives: the physical birth in Bethlehem, the reception of Christ in the heart of the believer, and the eschatological second coming. All three perspectives will change our society for the better.
We can be like the farmer who plants the seed for God to grow and bring forth good grace and love to each other. We need to be patient, and the Lord will bring on the final days through Christ.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your guidance through prayer, the study of scripture, and fellowship with other believers. Please help us to serve you and your creation in all we do faithfully. Amen!