December 16 - Luke Hescott

So many times, when the season of Advent comes around, waiting is the last thing on all of our minds. Almost all of us get beyond busy with everything that comes with it. Shopping, parties, family, friends, food, cooking, baking, eating, cleaning and more food, just to name a few (yes, I put food twice because there is that much food). All of those things that I listed are not inherently bad. The Lord himself gave us all of those things, but he does not want them to overtake the anticipation we should have for the coming of his son. I want to give all of us a challenge this advent season to wait for him. As Psalm 25:5 says, “Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.”

Get ready for it, be excited about it, read about it, tell others about it, do whatever you need to do to get yourself to wait in anticipation and excitement. I want us to change our mindset this season and be just as excited as we are about all of the things that come with Christmas, and be that excited about the coming of Jesus. He is coming and as Zephaniah 3:14:15 says, “Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;”

Finally, I want us to take a brief look at Psalm 18:28-30 which says: “For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness.”

As believers during the season of Advent we are in a season of waiting for all the things that the Lord has promised to bring. Psalm 18 talks about how the Lord takes the darkness in our lives and in his sweet divine nature, turns it into light. Something that he, and only he can do. And He does this by the sending of his son, Jesus. So wait in anticipation and excitement, and when Jesus arrives, allow him to break into your life and light your lamp, and by his divine nature, illuminate all those parts of your lives that are dark. He is the light, and he is coming to change our lives forever.