walking through the advent together: day 9

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On Mondays during this Advent season, we will focus on praying and setting our hearts right for the week.

 And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.”

And the angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.”

And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he lingered so long in the temple. But when he came out, he could not speak to them; and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he beckoned to them and remained speechless.

So it was, as soon as the days of his service were completed, that he departed to his own house. Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying, “Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.” (Luke 1:18-25)

Lord Jesus, we are just like Zacharias, always asking how we can know what You have promised us will come true, asking how will we know that it will all work out when the circumstances point to the complete opposite. Lord, we only see the now and what is here on earth right in front of us — but You see the past, the present and the future; You see what will happen and You every heart.

We pray, Lord Jesus, that we would see Your work in our circumstances like Elizabeth did — that we would see that You have looked on us and taken away our iniquity and transgressions, our unrighteousness. Help us, God, to focus our eyes on You this Advent, knowing that You have already cleansed us and sanctified us, set apart for Your glory and Your purpose. We might not understand exactly how You will come through in our circumstances or change what is hard, but we choose to walk by faith and not by sight. Help us, Jesus, to see You first and not the circumstances. Help us to walk by faith, our confidence stemming from the amazing story of heaven bowed down and love incarnate arriving on the Christmas morning.