December 22 Advent Devotion – Choose Joy

Christmas Under Construction – Devotions for your Advent Season

2 Samuel 7:21-22

2 Samuel 7: 21 For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant. 22 “How great you are, Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.

David was a great leader and was loved by God. His imperfections, coupled with the great gift of grace, give us hope that we do not have to be perfect to be loved by God. In the above verses David praises God for the knowledge that his descendants will be favored and will continue to serve God. Despite David’s desire to build a house for the Lord, he was willing to listen to God’s word and acknowledged that God was in control. This great leader had to   relinquish control and let God take charge. This is hard for most of us, as we think that we are in control. Especially at this time of year, as we eagerly await the arrival of our Lord, we get carried away in the festivities and the excitement. Our Savior is almost here and the anticipation is building; we are keen to welcome Him into the world. We are happy, but let us take a moment to pause and reflect. Our happiness can quickly fade as the season winds down and we pack away the decorations. Instead of the frivolities of the season, let us focus on that tiny babe in the manger and the salvation He brings. Let us turn control over to God and focus on constructing joy in our lives. While happiness is an emotion, joy is a choice. By choosing joy we will not only experience happiness, but we will also experience a feeling of great pleasure in our lives. Let us focus on building a life of joyful devotion to God that will last through all seasons so that our children will witness our actions, and like David’s descendants, too will worship our Lord.

Ruth Menechella