Prayer: Come Lord Jesus, we await your coming and praise your name. We look for your voice in the pages of your Word. Amen.
First Sunday of Advent
42 Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
Are you ready? Are you keeping awake? Jesus is coming, but when? We do not know. Only God knows. Jesus tells us to be ready and to keep watch and to be prepared.
Our devotion writer relates a story which illustrates maybe not being so ready. He leaves home in anger over a family argument to catch a bus to work. It is raining. At the bus stop and stranger tries to start a conversation. He wants no part because his anger has him focused on his own depression. When he finally gets on the bus he finds a seat, but the irritating man finds a seat across the aisle. And the conversation continues. Our devotion writer sighed and bowed his head. “In the breath of my sigh, the Spirit calmed and opened me to listen to the stranger. Soon, his stories, kindness, and humor had me laughing…”
This world has a way of distracting us from keeping watch; so much so, that if we are not careful we will miss the Lord’s coming. Because sometimes He meets us through the angels he sends to help us. Our devotion writer writes; “Christians often talk about the Lord coming at the end of all space and time. But we also speak of Christ coming at any time and in any place. ‘Keep awake, therefore!’”
Prayer: “O Lord, wake me up to see you coming into my life today, through Christ. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The Necessity for Watchfulness
36 “But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, 39 and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41 Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. 42 Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.