Good morning! Today is the first day of our devotional journey for Advent and Christmas. We will be reading together through the Advent devotional book, Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas, from Plough Publishing. If you don’t have a copy, you can order it here. Each day, we will post a short guide to help you discuss and pray through the selected reading. Kim and I are praying that this Advent season and these devotions will be a source of joy, comfort, and strength to you as your faith in the Lord Jesus grows.
• Luke 12:35-48
• Watch for the Light, pp. 1-12
1. When have you had to wait an extended period of time for something you deeply desired? What did you do to prepare yourself for that moment of arrival? Did the time of expectant waiting help you see that thing or event as even more valuable?
2. Why is the act of waiting often so difficult for us?
3. Blumhardt wrote, “While their master is absent [his servants] are busy preparing everything in the house for his arrival and keeping everyone in the house aware that the state they are living in is only temporary” (pp. 3-4). What are some practical ways that you can live as if this life is only temporary and you are expectantly awaiting your Master’s return?
4. What areas of your life might Jesus want to begin changing if he were to shine his light upon you? (See page 7.)
Spend some time simply thanking the Lord for the gift of time this Advent season to think and pray, and to grow in your faith. Ask God to begin revealing areas in your life that He would like to change as you are waiting, and pray that He would give you a heart to respond to the things he reveals.