During the season of Advent, people from our congregation at Martins Creek Mennonite Church have collaborated to create an Advent devotional. Each entry has been written by one of our own, both young and old. We hope these meditations are a blessing to you during this Advent season.
Psalm 25:4-5, 8-10, 14
God teaches His desires to those who are willing to listen. In this scripture we see the confidence that the Psalmist David has in the ways of God; so much confidence that he desires to make God’s ways his lifestyle. God leads us step by step, correcting us when we find ourselves on an evil path. One avenue in which God corrects us and teaches what He desires from us for our good and His glory is through something David did not have; the Gospels. Yes, there are other ways that God speaks to His people, but studying the lifestyle and words of Jesus is the best way to achieve the life and become the person that God intended for us to be! Imagine being David, living life without knowing Jesus. David still had a confidence towards the God of salvation, but today, because of Christmas, we can experience knowing Jesus! Jesus, who lived and walked among us, experienced the temptations, the hardships and the evils of this world. Unlike David, we are given an example of a person who models the same potential we have to live a pure life!
“Teach me thy paths”… Lord, there is an evil road and a narrow right road. It is easy to follow the evil road sometimes, but you sent your son to teach us what right! You decide when and how we hear your covenant. Lead us to the stable; lead us to Jesus Christ. Help us to recognize your teachings and to understand what you desire from us. God, you are the provider of everything we need. Thank you for providing Jesus, saving us from the evil one and showing us how to live a life for our good and your glory! Help us to anticipate this advent season the ways in which you will show us your love. Amen.