December 6 – Advent Study Day 7
“Advent is one of the hardest seasons of the church year to celebrate in today’s culture. As soon as Thanksgiving arrives, we are bombarded by Christmas carols, Christmas decorations, Christmas everything. We are so saturated by Christmas that we often skip over one of the most important parts: the preparation. You wouldn’t throw a party without preparing the food and drinks; you wouldn’t visit a friend without getting dressed and ready. We are about to remember the most awe-inspiring thing that happened in the whole of history: God becoming man in the glory and mystery of the incarnation. We need to set aside time to prepare ourselves for this – internally and externally” (excerpt from Rachel Telander’s “Let Us Keep the Feast”)
Join us as we prepare for Christmas with an Advent Study based on Selah Woody’s “A Traditional Advent Calendar: 28 Days of Devotions and Activities”. Each day of the study, we will post the scripture to focus on, ideas for discussion and activities with your family, and an example SOAP from our team based on the day’s scripture. If you’d like to see the full daily devotion from Selah Woody’s study, you can get the free download through Focus on the Family HERE.
Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Then, read and discuss the verse with your family around the dinner table, in the car, before bed, or another time when you can be in intentional devotion to Jesus. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts on the verse, discussion with your family, or your favorite Christmas traditions. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
Advent Study Day 7
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
14 Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
Prepare a small gift for each member of your family, such as a cookie, piece of candy, or a sticker, and hide the gifts. Explain how your family will take turns searching for a gift but stall for a little bit and talk about the excitement of waiting when you know something good is coming. It can be difficult to wait for something even as small as a little gift, so imagine how exciting it is to wait for and anticipate the gift of Jesus. Each gift was made or bought for your family with love; how much more must God love us to give us His Son, Jesus!
Faith and Trust | Marianne Toovey
The first candle in the Advent wreath is the Prophets’ candle. Prophets were announcing a Savior and giving the signs to recognize him, centuries before he ever came. The people who heard the prophets words then had to trust in Him and wait patiently for the prophecies to come true. I get the hindsight of seeing how God fulfilled those promises and with the evidence before me, I can have a strong foundation for my faith.
My Bible defines faith as “acting on what God has revealed about His will and character.” I can see from my Bible, my own life, and from the lives of other believers around me just how good, how BIG my God truly is. Why then, do I constantly struggle with letting Him do His job? I surely can’t do it, I don’t even want to! Yet I refuse to relinquish control of my life. This Advent season, I want to exercise my faith. To respond with the trust the Israelites had as they waited, knowing the promised Messiah would come. Because when had God ever not delivered on His promises before? I can see God doing great things. It’s time for me to step aside and let Him!
God, I’m sorry I haven’t been responding in faith when You’ve proven I have no reason not to. Thank You for the reminder of who You are. I pray for strength and peace as I learn to step out in faith more. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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