Advent Devotional for December 8, 2010

December 8, 2010, Second Wednesday of Advent

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:8-9

You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not seem him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.

It doesn’t take a lot of belief to see what is in front of me. I don’t have to put my trust – my hope – that my car is sitting in front of my home, that there are clothes in the closet, or, this time of year, that there are mountains of books piled on my living room floor. I can see these things. I can feel them.

In this passage, Peter touches on an important aspect of faith. That is we see God, though we have never seen God with our own two eyes. For some of us, that can be hard. We want to be able to see something before we can place our complete confidence in its existence.

But, maybe we have seen God with our own two eyes and just haven’t noticed. We see God each day when we hear the laughter of a child, see the heights of the mountains of God’s creation, or even feel the warm embrace from a loved one. God is all around us, and is in the midst of our daily lives, and in these seemingly normal daily experiences.

So though we may not actually see God, face-to-face, until we move on to Heaven, trust that God is here. God is walking beside us through the Holy Spirit, and is encouraging us in our lives each day. Rejoice! God is here with you this day!

Lord, though we cannot see you with our own two eyes, we know you are here. We know that you are walking with us and encouraging us to be closer to you. Guide us through the Holy Spirit this day, so that we may rejoice with the angels. Amen.


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