Advent 2021 – Day 16

As we get ready for Christ’s arrival in another week, we also need to remember to prepare for the second advent of Christ. Welcome back as we expand on that idea with another Advent thought.

As a child, did you ever make a paper chain to count down the days until Christmas? Each day, you tore off one more link. You waited with great anticipation, knowing something special and exciting would be coming soon.

Isaiah 64:4 tells us that “since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who prepares a path for those who wait for him!” In the next chapter (65:17), the Lord says “Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth – so wonderful that no one will even think about the old ones anymore.”

And again in 1 Cor. 2:9, Paul quotes Isaiah saying, “That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.’” We can’t even imagine what God has planned on the road ahead of us!

Did you notice two small words in these verses that give us a hint about examining our own hearts as we get ready for Christ’s return? Isaiah says that God prepares a path for those who wait for him. And Paul uses the word love. As you go about your activities this day, examine your soul and ask if you are truly waiting for that special day when Jesus comes again. Then, prepare your heart by filling it with love for our Savior and others who cross your path today.

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