Advent: Faith in Christ Coming
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” - Psalm 27:1
CATHY COLEMAN WRITES: “My daughter’s closest high school friend recently graduated and left to join the United States Marine Corps. When he told us of his departure, he said he would be leaving for a 12-week boot camp experience. To a teenager however, 12 weeks can feel like a lifetime. As we were assisting him in preparing for his departure, my daughter, stricken with fear, proceeded to ask a lot of questions. There was one question she asked that nearly brought me to tears. “Mom, is Ricky coming back?” she whispered. With tears in her eyes, she shared her fears and a multitude of “what ifs.” She had grown so close to him and the thought of never seeing him again was unimaginable.
Holding back the sting of my own tears, fears and uncertainties, I spoke from a place deep within. “Yes, he will be coming back soon,” I answered with certainty. My response to her question carried a boldness that seemed to revoke any doubt I had prior to that moment. I felt the tension leave her shoulders and smiled warmly as hope replaced the fear that once filled her eyes. The assurance she received from my simple response was all she needed. It was faith that caused her to believe Ricky was coming back soon.”
When the world is frantic about what will be, we can receive tranquility that comes with knowing that Christ will come in the midst of all of our circumstances and bring his peace. Although much in life can be unsettling, the blessed assurance of Christ’s coming received by faith, brings great joy.
In the midst of what seems to be the plummet of our world’s systems, where there is pain and suffering, may you believe that there will be a time when all of God’s creation will live together in peace and harmony. We must not allow our eye to become clouded by fear and uncertainty. We must let faith in Christ’s coming move us to peace that not only floods our world but our souls.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we find comfort in your words this morning. We say with all boldness, “In you Lord, our God, we put our trust.” You never promised it would be easy. You simply called us to “have faith” – “for the just shall live by faith.” While we await the coming of Jesus, may our doubts be silenced as we hear you assure us with these words, “Yes, Christ will be coming back soon!” To which we say, “Hallelujah! Even so Lord Jesus, come quickly! Amen.
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