Daily Devotions: December 5, 2017

Psalm 85:1-2, 8-9

“Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.” vs. 9

As we move into Advent we see neighborhoods being transformed for the season. Most houses have at least some strings of lights along the eaves and some front yards are packed with every gaudy holiday display imaginable. It would appear that our land is deeply religious and that our citizens are totally committed to showing forth the glory of God. Of course we know that isn’t true…most of what we’re seeing along our streets is purely cultural and driven by market forces. This is the time of the year for making businesses profitable, and if religious themes can be used to boost sales, that’s exactly what happens. But some pay little attention to these externals…for them this is a time to strengthen their spiritual connections. They have a deep and profound fear of the Lord and show it with a centering respect and reverence. They truly do fear and love God and all that they do is colored by those complex and profound convictions. For these each day begins with a commitment to walk in the way of Jesus as completely as they can. They may join in the holiday lighting and participate in the cultural Christmas…they’re not puritanical. But for true believers this is a time for prayerful waiting…they know that the salvation of God has drawn near…and they don’t want to miss it!

Thought for the Day: What’s a cultural Christian? Am I one?

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