Prepare to listen. Light the 1st purple candle and pray: Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation. (Ps 25:5)
Read: Jeremiah 33:14-16
14The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfil the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 16In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’
Time matters to God, as is seen in the repetition of the word days and the single use of time. God has a day and time for every event of salvation. He has it marked on his Outlook Calendar! Time matters because salvation matters to God. His plan of salvation wasn’t a knee-jerk reaction when the world began spinning away from God's goodness and humans came under the sentence of death. God always planned to cause a righteous Branch to spring up and that Branch’s name was always to be, ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’ We don’t create our own righteousness, that is, our own good standing before God. We stand in Christ and thus in God and watch God be God in us, conforming us into the righteousness that is God’s righteousness. Advent begins with this reminder that Jesus came in fulfillment of God’s ancient plan of salvation.
‘The days are surely coming.’ Reflect on what you could do to be prepared.
Respond to Jesus in prayer
LORD, our Righteousness, I want you to be God in me today conforming me into your ways of salvation as I prepare to celebrate again the coming into the world of your righteous Branch, Jesus. Amen.
Go and live obediently in the world where time matters to God.