Sunday, November 27, 2022
“’Tis the Season to Be Humble”
Pastor Rob Harding
As we approach another Advent Season, certain songs have no doubt found their way into our lives already. Not so much “Joy to the World.” More so “Deck the Halls” and the like.
As I reflect upon one line in that particular carol – ‘tis the season to be jolly – my thoughts turn to how we might more aptly complete that phrase if focused on the Christ child alone. I find this to be most helpful for me: ‘tis the season to be humble.
Isaiah 64:8 reminds us that He is “our Father” and “we are all the work of” His hand. The joy found in that reality is immeasurable. Isaiah 64:9, though, takes us in a different direction, reminding us that we have sinned against the One who made us in His image. That’s not a negative slant on things. Simply an accurate description of part of our relationship with God.
On this first Sunday of Advent, claim this truth. ‘Tis the season to be joyful, yes, but also ‘tis the season to be humble. To be repentant. To recognize that this incredible gift given is not one we deserve but one that’s given anyway.
It’s easy to get caught up in the sentimentality of Christmas. Combat that this year by taking time today to humbly kneel before your Maker, so to speak, recognizing the enormity of what we’ve been given: God humbling Himself in order to draw near to us.
Isaiah asks: “Will you keep silent and punish us…?” God shouts a resounding “no” when the child is born.
Prayer: God, as we begin our journey to the manger, may you sense the humility and gratitude we bring to each day. Amen.