Sunday, December 9, 2018
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Do you practice an active faith? I try to, but I admit that I don't always succeed. Advent provides a good example.

The other day, I was thinking about the idea of anticipation and how, during Advent, we look forward with anticipation to the celebration of the birth of Jesus. But anticipation can be a very passive thing: it's easy to sit back and wait, as if we're just waiting for a date on the calendar, a date that will come around regardless of anything we do or don't do.

I was thinking about this on a recent Sunday while we were studying Psalm 11 in church. My eyes and attention strayed to Psalm 14, and I was struck by what I read:

Psalm 14:2 – The Lord looks down from heaven on humankind to see if there are any who are wise, who seek after God. (NRSV)

I asked myself: do I seek after God? Particularly at this time of Advent, am I seeking after God? While I await the date of remembering Jesus' birth, am I just awaiting an event that I know will come, or am I actively seeking, searching, hungry for His salvation? Am I contemplating what His birth and life mean to me, and perhaps reflecting on what life would be like without Him? Am I questioning my own activity and striving to live in the way that God commands throughout the Bible? Am I actively using this time of anticipation to deepen my faith?

My attitude to Advent changed on that Sunday morning. Perhaps yours will, too.

Prayer: Dear God, thank You for this season of Advent, this season of anticipating the birth of Your Son so many years ago, this season of prayer and preparation. We pray that You might help us to use this season to deepen our faith as we seek Your wisdom, Your insight, and Your salvation. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the encouragement, Scott.

    Thank you, Scott, for this encouragement.

    Thank you, Scott, for such a lovely devotional this morning!

    Dear Scott, Very inspiring. Thank you for sharing. We all need to be sparked in our faith to look at it differently.

    Your words are perfect, Scott. We would like to use part of them in our bulletin.
    Thank you,

    Hi Scott
    Thank you for this reminder and yes it can happen very easily, and we have to aware and be anticipating the reality of what Christ’s birth meant then and what it means today and the future.
    Our lives/souls depend on it.
    God bless.

    Good morning Scott,
    Thank you for this meaningful devotional this morning. A very good reminder for us to pause and think about how much it means that we have our Saviour in our lives and to be ever thankful for that.

    Thanks, Scott, for this reminder to actively seek Christ Jesus each and every day. Blessings.

    Thanks Scott for sharing your experience and reminding us all about the purpose of Advent.

    Thank you, Scott Williams for all, and especially for, the reminder: “Am I actively using this time of anticipation to deepen my faith?”
    May God continue to bless you as you continue to write.

    Hi Scott,
    Thank you for your devotional. It is indeed hard to keep focused at times and it is also amazing how sometimes a Bible verse will trigger thoughts all of sudden.
    Blessings and we wish you and yours a Blessed Christmas.

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