Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Isaiah 40:1-11 NLT

[1] “Comfort, comfort my people,” says your God.

[2] “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem. Tell her that her sad days are gone and her sins are pardoned. Yes, the LORD has punished her twice over for all her sins.”

[3] Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting, “Clear the way through the wilderness for the LORD! Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God!

[4] Fill in the valleys, and level the mountains and hills. Straighten the curves, and smooth out the rough places.

[5] Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. The LORD has spoken!”

[6] A voice said, “Shout!” I asked, “What should I shout?” “Shout that people are like the grass. Their beauty fades as quickly as the flowers in a field.

[7] The grass withers and the flowers fade beneath the breath of the LORD. And so it is with people.

[8] The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.”

[9] O Zion, messenger of good news, shout from the mountaintops! Shout it louder, O Jerusalem. Shout, and do not be afraid. Tell the towns of Judah, “Your God is coming!”

[10] Yes, the Sovereign LORD is coming in power. He will rule with a powerful arm. See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.

[11] He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.

Reflection . . .

This “Song” as a prophecy in Isaiah gives us a mental picture of what the Messiah would do. This exciting news would have been well engrained in the minds of God’s people.

During this Advent Season, what is it you are anticipating? Take a few moments to pause and answer that question. Be honest about it.

The Israelites were anticipating a Messiah that would come and rescue them, but in a way they thought would be most likely in their culture/context. They thought He would come as a King/Ruler, a kind of earthly governor that would come to rule or even conquer the Romans who controlled and dominated the known world at the time of Jesus. But, Jesus came in an unexpected way, as a baby. He didn’t conquer the Romans, he didn’t do what the people expected. He initiated a new kind of kingdom, a heavenly kingdom that was way beyond what the people could imagine.

What is it you identified as your expectation? Jesus wants to do something unexpected in your life, take that expectation and turn it into something glorious for His purposes, but we have to be open to something unexpected.