Advent Devotional-Dec 1

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December 1

Isaiah 64:1-9

O that you would tear open the heavens and come down,
   so that the mountains would quake at your presence— 
as when fire kindles brushwood
   and the fire causes water to boil—
to make your name known to your adversaries,
   so that the nations might tremble at your presence! 
When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect,
   you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. 
From ages past no one has heard,
   no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
   who works for those who wait for him. 
You meet those who gladly do right,
   those who remember you in your ways.
But you were angry, and we sinned;
   because you hid yourself we transgressed. 
We have all become like one who is unclean,
   and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth.
We all fade like a leaf,
   and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. 
There is no one who calls on your name,
   or attempts to take hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us,
   and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity. 
Yet, O Lord, you are our Father;
   we are the clay, and you are our potter;
   we are all the work of your hand. 
Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord,
   and do not remember iniquity for ever.
   Now consider, we are all your people.

In today’s passage we remember God’s awesome creation and power, and our human failures. The imagery of knowing God, not through seeing but feeling and hearing, the imagery of knowing that we have failed and lost sight of God.


Even knowing that we have failed there is hope. A hope that as God knows us, God knows what we need. God will take care of us. God is our creator, “we are the clay, and God is the potter, we are the work of God’s hand.” God will not forget or condemn what God has created.


We spend the next four weeks preparing for Christmas, when God comes to us. When through Jesus, God lives with us, speaks to us, and shows us what it means to be created in God’s image. If we are open and allow it, God will mold and shape us. There is hope!


Paul Rosstead

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One Response to Advent Devotional-Dec 1

  1. Amy says:

    You know, I’ve been thinking a lot about hope in the preparation of yesterday’s sermon. I know I tried to make a compelling case for hope in the darkness yesterday, but I find that it’s difficult for me to hear my own words. So, I needed to read this today. Thanks, Paul.

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