Advent Reading for December 12, 2021
by Megan Natherson

Micah 5: 4-5a
He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they will love securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. And he will be our peace.

In the Old Testament, the book of Micah is filled with messages directed mainly to the people of Jerusalem and provides one of the most significant prophecies of Jesus Christ’s birth. Some seven hundred years before His birth, Micah pointed to Christ’s birthplace of Bethlehem and to His eternal nature. Surrounding Micah’s prophecy of Jesus’s birth is one of the most lucid pictures of the world’s future under the reign of the Prince of Peace. This future kingdom will be characterized by the presence of many nations living with one another in peace and security.

To me, a prophesy is a promise of things to come and Micah’s words are just that. They are a promise of hope, a promise of security, and a promise of a Messiah who will bring eternal peace, not only to all of creation, but for all of time.

During Advent, we sing the hymn “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” but we may not realize just how very long the world had been waiting for Jesus arrival. We live in a world of instant gratification, where it is so easy for many of us to quickly get what we want, or think we need. Sometimes we forget that there can be goodness in the waiting and anticipation of things that are yet to come. Perhaps we need to remember that we were promised a Messiah and the world waited (and waited) and that promise was fulfilled.

Refection Questions:
What are you anticipating or looking forward to during this Advent Season?
How can you find peace during the waiting period?

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, we thank you for fulfilling your promise of bringing us a Messiah. We ask that you grant us patience during this time of Advent, while we wait for what you have in store for us. We know that you will provide all that we need and hold fast in the glory of your love. Amen.