Advent Reflection Dec 13
You have led in your steadfast love the people whom you have redeemed; you have guided them by your strength to your holy abode.
Almost every time we see the words “steadfast love” in the Old Testament, the Hebrew word used is “hesed.” In Hebrew the meaning is loving loyalty that is freely chosen on the part of the lover and without any condition on the part of the beloved. God’s steadfast love for his people is a love and loyalty to them which they could never earn. How have you felt unworthy of God’s love? How have you felt as though you have needed to earn his love for you? Allow the work of Christ in coming, living, dying and rising to remind you that his love for you is certain.
2 sam 7:12-17
(God speaking to David) When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, but my steadfast love will not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.
The current and forever inhabitant of David’s throne is the infant born on Christmas. Notice that God has chosen to love him and remain faithful to him forever (hesed). We, the church of Christ, are the house of David. The Body of Christ. How does this shape the way you perceive yourself and your relationship with the father and creator?
And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
Have you been faithful to God today? Have you struggled? Have you been less than you intended to be? What are the areas in your life that you believe you are unworthy? These words from the father really and truly are for you because of Jesus. Read it again and know with all certainty that this type of love, acceptance and approval is yours in Christ.