Day 5: Advent 2016 Daily Devotionals
Initial note: to make the most of these devotionals it is suggested that the disciple does their best to enter into the Scripture as if hearing it for the very first time, in the presence of the very first hearers. Allow yourself to feel the location, and the message in a sensory manner. In other words live God’s Word. I have found that this approach can move us into what can only be described as a timeless place, where we can truly experience the slowing we seek in God’s presence.
Friday, Day 5, December 2nd
Lord Jesus, help me to slow down and to truly experience Your sacred Word, giving myself permission to take time and to allow the Scriptures to move in and through my spirit, soul, mind and body. In the precious name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen
Read Isaiah 42:1-4 slowly: Do not rush. Savor each word. Once again listen to God speak through the prophet Isaiah, 700 years before the birth of Jesus. You may want to read it several times, with no agenda but to simply hear God’s Word spoken into your heart. Allow the words to reverberate in your mind. Be open and aware of any thoughts and feelings; physically and emotionally without dwelling on them. Let yourself slowdown in God’s presence. Feel the slowing. When you feel fully recollected consider the thought that follows. Finally consider the questions provided. You may be drawn to journal your thoughts as you move through God’s Word. Be open to this direction as it comes upon you.
Thought: God is telling us through Isaiah to take a look at the chosen One who is the delight of God’s soul, who has the Holy Spirit upon Him. This is the bringer of justice who turns our eyes upon God, who we now know as God in the flesh who dwelt among us and is with us at this very moment. Jesus Christ, God incarnate, who does not disregard but in fact has great regard for the small and insignificant. We know, even better that Isaiah that God never quits on us, never tires out and will finish the good work to set things right on earth that has been begun. Then we are told that others wait expectantly for the Lord’s teaching. Waiting and slowing go hand in hand. We, who stand on our side of the resurrection should be able to slow down and faithfully wait more than any other.
Questions to consider: How might taking a new fresh look at the greatness of our Savior help us to slow down? How might patient waiting and slowing go hand in hand? How might the development of patient waiting in our lives become a practice that leads us to the slowing we seek?