Monday of the First Week of Advent

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 64:1-4

“Oh that You would rend the heavens and come down!” – Isaiah 64:1

A year ago, a tornado tore through Washington, Illinois. As I write this, the Kansas City Royals just punched their ticket to the World Series by tearing apart their A.L. opponents, the A’s, Tigers, and Orioles, 8-0!

Like Isaiah, we want God to powerfully tear apart the heavens and come down. After-all, His voice tore through the darkness to boom creation into being, parted the Red Sea’s waters to save His people, and rocked Mt. Sinai to give us His Law. We want God to show His power today to tear apart His enemies and ours to tell the world, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). But God doesn’t always operate that way.

“My ways are not your ways,” says the Lord, and His ways are always good, just, and right (Isaiah 55:8). We want Him to come as a powerful King, but He comes as the Babe of Bethlehem, as One who serves and gives His life as “a ransom for many.”

In His Son, God parted the heavens to come down to us in love. Jesus’ flesh was torn from His body as He suffered and died on a cross. He forgives us for tearing ourselves from His Heavenly Father and others by our sin. He tore the temple curtain so we can come to the Father in peace, directly through Him. Jesus tore apart death’s power by rising to win us eternal life. Jesus is God’s Way to come to us! What a Way!

Prayer: O Savior, rend the heavens wide; come down, come down with mighty stride; unlock the gates, the doors break down; unbar the way to heaven’s crown (O Savior Rend the Heavens Wide – LSB 355:1).

 

This devotion was written by Reverend Bob Bartel, pastor at Park View Lutheran Church in Eldridge, IA.

 

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