'Who Are You Looking For?'
Tuesday, December, 4, 2018 | 12:38 PM | by Munholland
All our lives we are looking for something because we know that things can’t stay the way they are. When we are in a painful spot we look for relief. When our lives get off kilter, we look for balance and order. When we face a new challenge, we look for wisdom, insight, and direction. When we are lonely and depressed, we look for encouragement. When we have hurt someone, we look for forgiveness and reconciliation. We look for people to help us through all these changes.
Advent is the time to look forward to one who will give us what we need and change our lives in positive life-giving ways.
The Israelites had been in many tough spots looking for someone to help them. They looked for someone to deliver them from Egypt. They looked for a king to bring strength and order to their nation. They looked for prophets who would restore their relationship with God. They looked for a savior to deliver them from Roman oppression. They needed no ordinary person, but an Anointed One chosen by God. Some hoped for a military Messiah who would restore Israel’s sovereignty, order their nation, and provide structure and stability. Others hoped for a prophet or priest who would turn the hearts of the people to God so they would become a righteous people once more. They waited and watched for a King and a Savior.
Who are you looking for? Do you need a king to restore order in your life? Do you feel insecure, unbalanced or unstable? Do you feel pulled and pushed by the demands of life? Perhaps you need The King to bring strength, order and security to your life. Do you need a savior to bring meaning, purpose, provision, satisfaction, and joy? Perhaps you need The Savior who can bless the work of your hands and the relationships you have.
As Christians we know that our lives still need order and joy. There are many places in our lives that we have hidden from God or simply left untended and neglected. We reap the consequences when we don’t allow God to be God in all aspects of our lives. In this season of new birth, look to Jesus our King and Savior to bring the change you need. That change may be difficult or easy, but trust Jesus who promised, ‘I have come that you might have life, and have it to the full’. (John 10:10)