We have been reading bits and pieces of the Advent story each day for almost three weeks now, pausing each day to wrestle with some of the questions that thoughtful brothers and sisters in Christ have provoked. Through all of this, and in the weeks to come, let your aim to be to “let the word of Christ dwell richly in you” (Col. 3:16), so that his word may lead you to believe more deeply and become more like Jesus himself. That is, after all, part of the wonder of the Advent. “However else we think about it, the living word of God is available to us.” (136) Our role is to listen to his word, and believe.
- Luke 1:11-22
- Watch for the Light, 132-140
- On page 137, Barth challenges us to believe God’s word to the extent that his greatest passions become our own greatest passions. When you consider the ills, injustices, hurting, and oppression that mar this world, what causes you the deepest concern? Do you believe that your greatest burdens are the same things that most concern God? How do you know?
- When you consider the challenges, weaknesses, needs, and shortcomings in your own life, what weighs on you the most heavily? Do you believe that your greatest cause of angst, guilt, or pain is the same thing that God is most concerned about in your life? How do you know?
- Even as you are striving to grow in faith until your heart matches God’s heart, how can you live as one who is “still a herald of the Advent, one who wait[s] for God”? (140) How can you proclaim the Good News of the Advent to your own heart and to your world?
Ask the Father to give you wisdom and faith to understand his voice in Scripture clearly. Pray that He would help you to see the world and yourself as He does: to love what He loves, to rejoice over what pleases him, to grieve over what grieves him. Finally, pray for boldness to speak as a herald of the grace and truth He has revealed to you in Jesus Christ this Advent season.