With Christmas less than a month away, it is time to begin another series of Advent devotionals designed to prepare our hearts for the arrival of the infant in Bethlehem.
Advent marks a season of self-examination and soul preparation, and thus the theme for this year is “Preparation.” Over the next weeks, we will look at how God carefully assembled a world for us, how Jesus is active right now preparing a place for us in heaven, and along the way, what our role is in getting ready for Christ’s return.
How would you feel if you walked into the throne room of Buckingham Palace? How would you react? What major decisions have been made in that place by former monarchs? How have those decisions impacted human history?
Psalm 103:19 says “The Lord has prepared the heavens as his throne; from there he rules over everything.”
Have you ever considered that God could have made his throne on Earth where we could see him seated there each day? However, seeing is not the same as believing. Sometimes, observing the same object day after day causes our eyes to glaze over. We take it for granted. We assume it will always be there. We can ignore its significance.
Walk outside today. Look up at the sky as it stretches from one side of the earth to the other. Thick clouds only add to the pageantry. You are seeing God’s throne. It is immense. It is beyond our reach. God prepared that throne for himself and surrounded it with heavenly beings. Every person on earth stands below and must feel small by comparison.
If God spent time preparing this world for us, then we must also ready ourselves to enter his world. The first step in our own “preparation” for Christmas begins with humility, recognizing the greatness of our God.
Return tomorrow to learn more about our newest theme!