May we say simply this morning, that if we are going to heed any Advent scripture, let’s make it this one.
Upon consideration we may see that these words, taken to heart (and there are others like them in the Word) will take us where we need to go in Christ, which is to say, we will end up in Christ, our hope of glory.
These are Emmanuel scriptures, “God with us” scriptures. As we have seen, it is best to say, “Yes, Lord,” fully understanding that we do not completely understand. We couldn’t – we’ve never shoe before. He understands. He laid the foundation and He is building the house and His is the only oil that can illuminate the human heart.
We will have to learn to rise and choose to rise in every circumstance and dilemna, and by discipline and sometimes drudgery we will begin to shine and walk in glory. When kings come to our doorstep, we will have discovered, may it please God, not to turn them away. (Married women live with sovereigns, in the best way, but that’s another story and not for the faint of heart.)
All of these things come with the package, and the package comes with our “Yes,” all sales final. Thank God.
And if you find yourself standing in the “Returns and Exchanges” line this Advent season, call a believing friend and go to Starbucks instead!
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.
And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. (Isaiah 60:1-3)
Starbuck’s Map 2, by permission