Scripture: Isaiah 46:12-13
Listen to me, you stubborn of heart, you who are far from deliverance: I bring near my deliverance, it is not far off, and my salvation will not tarry; I will put salvation in Zion, for Israel my glory.
Thought for the Day: The people of God had walked away from their relationship with God through idolatry and unjust actions. It almost sounds as if they have moved beyond God’s ability to rescue them, especially when we read the words, “…you who are far from deliverance.” There are times when humanity moves an immeasurable distance from God, yet we hear the amazing news that God will bring near the gift of deliverance, and this gift is coming soon. That is the promise of Advent, the Christian season we begin today. We may stumble and feel as if we are no longer within the reach of God, but the message of Advent is that God came close in Jesus and God will continue to seek us out no matter how far we might have wandered off.
Prayer: Gracious God, let me trust in your saving presence that comes again this Advent season. Amen.