Isaiah 9:1

During this season of Advent, we will be taking a break from our study in the Book of Mark and will instead offer daily devotionals for you to read aloud with your family, pertaining to this Advent season.  We will resume our study of Mark in a few weeks.

 

God’s Unexpected Ways

 

Read:

“But there will be no more gloom . . .” Isaiah 9:1

 

Reflect:

Waiting comes with angst. By looking forward to something so filled with happiness, waiting can be downright painful. For children, Christmas can’t come soon enough. As surely as it does, it’s over and the waiting begins again.

The ones to whom Isaiah wrote, understood tension-filled waiting. They ached for the coming of the Messiah. They had heard the promises many times. They had lived with hopeful expectancy of the time the Messiah would finally arrive. They longed for the kind of world the King would usher in.

He would:

  • Bring an end to darkness;
  • Bring healing and hope;
  • Cause increase;
  • Bring relief from oppression;
  • Break off heavy burdens;
  • Give counsel and strength;
  • Establish justice and righteousness;
  • Release peace.

But God enjoys bringing the answer in ways that are quite different from ours. He often begins His work at our dead ends. He built a nation from an old childless couple. He delivered His people through a stuttering desert sheepherder. He chose the last of Jesse’s sons to reign as king. He had spoken through a variety of people who were considered misfits of their day.

The greatest mystery of all is how God’s greatest work came not through a warring angel, mighty leader, a rich and powerful individual, military general or famous politician, but through the weakest form of all – a child.

God uses the unexpected. The people in Isaiah’s day knew how it felt to sit in darkness, not knowing which way to go, or what’s next. Like them, we anticipate and celebrate His coming this Advent. Take heart, the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace, has come to us in the most unusual way. Out of darkness came light, out of gloom came gladness. In defeat, the enemy has become fuel for the fire of loving Him. We should expect the work of His unexpected ways. Where our life seems to end, His work begins.

 

Respond:

Ask Jesus to help keep your heart and mind open to His unexpected ways?