Hear and give ear; do not be haughty,
for the Lord has spoken.
Give glory to the Lord your God
before he brings darkness
and before your feet stumble
on the mountains at twilight;
while you look for light,
he turns it into gloom
and makes it deep darkness.
But if you will not listen,
my soul will weep in secret for your pride;
my eyes will weep bitterly and run down with tears
because the Lord’s flock has been taken captive.
As I mentioned in a sermon at the start of this season, the prophets and Advent pair perfectly together. We like to focus on the warm glow and happy feelings of Christmas, but the reality is that Jesus Christ had to come into our world because it was pretty broken. God had tried all sorts of ways to get the people to follow the path, but we failed over and over again. Jesus Christ was sent as an infant to save us and show us how we are called to act in this life. The prophets tried repeatedly to remind God’s people of the covenant and guide them on how to live. Sometime the prophets yelled and sometimes they wept at how the people fell short of God’s call to life. May we try to answer God’s call to light and life today and focus on our relationship with God and with our neighbor.
Holy God, thanks and praise to You for the gift of the covenant. You call us to be in relationship and never forsake us. Help us to be steadfast in our faithfulness and seek to follow Your ways throughout this day. Guide us to love You and our neighbor. Amen.