Christmas Under Construction – Devotions for your Advent Season
During Advent we celebrate God’s promises fulfilled, while waiting for God’s promised future. This scripture speaks to God’s enduring faithfulness, as Zephaniah speaks of a God who rejoices over His creation, calms fears, and prepares to send a Savior. As Zephaniah prophesied, God was faithful in sending Jesus, so we know that He will continue to faithfully fulfill His other scriptural promises. Even now among sin and chaos, God is constructing His promised Kingdom. While we will not experience His completed construction in this mortal lifetime, we can presently partner with God to help Him fulfill His vision for the world. When we mindfully seek God, turning to Him with hearts laid bare and asking Him to show us glimpses of His perfect plan, then God guides us toward mission opportunities.
In these quiet moments, we must let God replenish our souls and lead us to serve our neighbors. God sent Jesus to earth out of love for us, and Jesus in turn showed the world the greatest love it ever knew. When the Holy Spirit works within us, then our outward actions serve as powerful demonstrations of that holy love. But without inviting God into our hearts each and every day, we cannot love others the way God intended because we are sinners living in a broken world where human love is conditional. Thankfully, God’s love is unconditional and easily accessible; with open hearts, quiet minds, and steadfast prayer, we can ask God to love others through us. Only then can we share God’s comfort amidst His construction.
We are fortunate to know what Zephaniah’s audience did not: that God sent his only Son, Jesus, to be born of a virgin, to walk among men performing miracles, and ultimately to die on a cross for our sins – solely because of His great love for us. Therefore hold fast to that truth and continue to exalt God’s goodness every day, even when it is hard to see the Kingdom construction through the fractured and limited lens of the present world – because as Zephaniah shows us, He is a God of his Word.
Kirk of Holly Springs