Isaiah 5:1-7; 2 Peter 3:11-18; Luke 7:28-35
You may have seen the humorous church sign that reads, “Don’t let worry kill you; let the church help.” Perhaps in the advent of the stress-filled season of Christmas, we should take the message seriously.
Just as Lent urges us toward repentance, Advent should also lead to the death of our old way of life. It is a season of preparation for the coming of the Lord, so Advent should not simply await some homey memory of Christmas past. It expects the coming of the Lord when all will be destroyed then made new. Advent should be at once terrifying and wondrous—and life-changing.
When the Apostle Peter considered the promise of the Lord’s coming, he thought of flood and fire and the destruction of all things. The thought humbled him. It should bring us to our knees with the same thought as Peter: Since all will be destroyed at Christ’s return, how different should our lives be lived?
God’s purpose is our destruction and the re-creation of a holy people. Ignoring his purpose is Pharisaical. So, dig some of the stones out of your life, plant a new way of living, set up a watchtower. The Lord is returning!
Prayer: Lord of Hosts, prepare me for your purposes. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.