Scriptures for December 19th: Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; Romans 1:1- 7; Matthew 1:18-25; Theme: The prophecy of hope fulfilled
Isaiah: The leaders of Israel felt that they were under attack. There were hiding, and felt that the only way they could be rescued was if God were to intervene. Isaiah answers their fear by telling them that God’s presence is already with them and is working to set them free. The threat that looms so large today, will disappear. A maiden will have a child, by the time that child is old enough to go to school, everything will work itself out. So many times are waiting for God to do a magic intervention, when all it takes is for to be patient and realize that God is not just a part of the future, but also a part of the present.
Matthew : The waiting is almost over, Advent is almost over, and the baby will arrive. Every year at this time we have a scripture on Mary’s journey to becoming the mother of God. Matthew also mentions the struggles of Joseph at this time. How can he accept that the woman who he is supposed to marry is already pregnant. God speaks to him in a dream and tells him that it is okay. He does the right things, and is committed to be a dedicated wife and father, and to raise this special child. Where would we be if Joseph had not listened to his dream? Where would we be, if we did not dream and follow them to God’s plan?
Questions: What oppressive forces are present in your life right now, which is appears will never go away? If you think about it, what ways is God present with you now? What does God need to work out in order for you to have a better future? How does your faith help you stand tall in difficult situations? What do you do, and who do you listen to when you are facing a difficult situation? Who are the Josephs in your life, who helped you even though they didn’t have to? How do your dreams speak to you?