Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
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Thanksgiving to Advent
How does one best make the transition from the Thanksgiving season to the Advent season, which is the time we begin to anew stir our minds and hearts of the meaning and significance of God coming to earth in the flesh? The time of Thanksgiving is one of remembering the past and present blessings while the season of Advent speaks of the present and future through promise and fulfillment. Let us nurture the thankful spirit which we have received and allow it to enhance our Advent meditations. As I considered this, I was led to the book of Isaiah, namely the 40th chapter.

Isaiah 40:1-2 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD'S hand double for all her sins.

In this place in the story which is written by Isaiah, God's people are in transition, even though they are still in faraway Babylon, where they were carried away due to their sin and disobedience. (They do not yet know that things will be changing for the better, but God knows) Isaiah is writing to them to give them encouragement in reminding them that they are still God's people and that their God wishes to draw close to them through helping them transition from disappointment in self and fear of the future to dependence on Him and hope for the future. God always begins his transition plans for us in our hearts and He does it through the Word of faith which He speaks to us.. He says, there is a better day ahead and it is a bright day. He calls on us to trust Him in the same way the a young child would trust a father for that which he promises to give them. For example, a father tells his child on Monday that on Saturday you will receive a new bike. All week long the child is thinking about the bike, rejoicing in how wonderful the bike is going to be, riding the bike in their imagination and so on. Why could the child do that? Because the child trusted her dad to follow up on his promise! The promises of God are sure, are being fulfilled today and will be fulfilled for us in the future. With God we can be assured that, even though changes come in our lives, we do not have to be all stressed out about what is going to happen, or what is not going to happen, for He is going ahead of us, making the pathway for us, is leading us and is with us as we enter into the new and exciting chapters of our lives which may be called transitions.

We live by faith. We learn to see things through God's eyes when we live by faith. What God says He will do, He will do. Remember the song, "What He has done for others, He'll do for you!"

Regardless of our situation today, regardless of how challenging things may appear in the future (in our eyes), we are very thankful for His many many blessings of the past, present and, yes, of the future. Therefore, we can be assured that God has everything under control and He has our blessing in mind for the future. He has provided a Redeemer in His Son to make it possible for us to dwell with Him forever in the greatest revelation of Glory, in Heaven with the Lamb, who lights up all of heaven. In addition, He is a Father to us, who has made promises in His Word to us which will be fulfilled in His time. Let us not fret, let us not fear, but may we trust in Him even as the child who, even though the bike is not yet in their possession, has already been riding around and around the block many times. And this they have been doing because they trust the promise of their father. May we see through God's eyes His plan for us, even as a child sees their life through their dad's eyes. They take him at his word, fully expecting him to live up to what he has said will happen. The book of Isaiah is divided into three sections: Real life struggles, how God steps in to deliver those who trust Him, and His promises to those who trust Him for their future. It is your story, it is my story...

God bless you! May your transitions of life be made with the knowledge that God is with you, is going ahead of you, and has already made preparations for whatever it is that He has in mind for you! You are His precious and special child and He sees the blessing that will come to others through His heart which He has given to you. Trust Him.....

Thankful and expectant, entering into the Advent season with you,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 26 Nov 2009 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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