Unless I had Believed: An Advent Devotional – Day Eight

The world in which we live is not exactly a perfect image of the peace on earth the Bible refers to Christ bringing. The struggles and animosity which have arisen here in our own little corner of it throughout the last year or so are enough to make one question the whole “good will toward men” verse, no matter that the majority of us in the USA have it much better than most everyone else on the planet.

Tweets and facebook posts and nationwide media are filled with rumors of violence and hatred but few accounts of peace and joy. If we are not careful, Christians can easily get caught up in these views of discontent and despair. Unless we intentionally think upon the goodness and faithfulness of a Savior come to save, we may feel abandoned to the general unrest prevalent in society.

Psalm 27:13-14 states: I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord!

Based upon the original Hebrew language, an expounded writing of these verses could read something like this:

I would have lost heart and fainted from exhaustion had I not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. I would have languished from the madness of it all unless I had trusted in the Lord’s support, positioning myself to behold and joyfully consider the beauty of my eternal God — Jehovah the Lord — the One who nourishes and revives me. Wait on the, Lord. Bind yourself to your Savior with expectancy as you patiently tarry for His presence to sweep upon the scene. Be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart. Be alert and steadfastly-minded as you fasten your will, feelings, and intellect upon His divine favor. Collect yourself and look for the coming of your Lord.

If you are finding yourself on the verge of losing heart or languishing from the madness of it all, I encourage you to meditate upon the above verses. Bring these words of truth into your remembrance as you repeat them out loud, positioning yourself in a state of expectancy as you wait for God to sweep upon the scene. Whether it is nationwide revival you are praying for or an internal regeneration of your own, take heart, dear friend. This is not the end.

God is calling you to be of good courage. Your struggles may not yet be over, but neither is your victory null and void. Your Creator has not purposed you for a meaningless existence in a world full of woe, but to a life filled with His divine favor. So set your sights upon the love of God, fasten your will upon His mercy, and believe that you will yet see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

Breathe in the wonder of Advent, my friend, and joyfully consider the beauty of your eternal God displayed in a humble stable. His goodness has come and is coming still.

Wait, I say, on the Lord . . .

FOR REFLECTION
If you are feeling overwhelmed by the general unrest in society today or by the seeming hopelessness in a situation confronting you, I encourage you to delve into the Bible and to strengthen yourself in God’s word, Take a stroll through Psalms and write down specific verses that speak to your heart. Read them in the morning and before you go to bed each night as you ask God to fill your mind and your spirit with good courage that comes from Him. 
1013873_906566626034409_455960661631611151_n                                                 May you rest peacefully in the shadow of Christ’s love.

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