Readings for Wednesday of the Fourth Week in Advent: Song of Solomon 2:8-14; Psalms 33; Luke 1:39-45
"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage." Psalms 33:12
Out of all the peoples and nations on earth, God chose Israel through whom he would reveal Himself and begin the arc of salvation history. Yet, as we read in the Old Testament, time and time again--and despite the wondrous things He had done for them--the Israelites turned their back on God and lost their way. Still, God remained faithful to his promises, always welcoming them back with mercy and compassion, blessing the nation He had chosen.
Our nation is in great need of blessing today. Like the Israelites of old, this country has turned its back on God and lost its way in so many respects. Sin, hatred and division seem to rule the day. But it wasn't so different a little over two thousand years ago. Despite everything Israel had done wrong over the centuries, God still brought forth his Son not only to redeem Israel, but the entire human race. That hope and chance for redemption remains today for this nation and every single one of us. As Advent winds down, pray that God will bless our nation, and that as a whole, we will return to Him, falling down on our knees to worship the King of Kings.
God love you.