Advent Day 4: How To Live the Blessed Life

A Montrose Church Advent Devotional by Pastor Rick

Advent Day 4: How To Live the Blessed Life

Today’s reading: Luke 11:28-32

“Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it” (v. 28). There are a lot of words out there coming at us at light speed just about every moment of every day. We live in a world of words, words that come as promises, challenges, pledges to change your life, opportunities, get-rich-quick schemes, guarantees, and assurances. And, the words come so fast and furious that sometimes, I hear them as blah, blah, blah, blah.

For Jesus the one word that mattered was the word of God and it mattered so profoundly that those who embrace it are called to “observe it.” Some people hear God’s Word and don’t get it. Others, like the people of ancient Nineveh, whom, one would think would never get it, get it. They repent. They turn to God. They find a new beginning. Jonah was the sent-one to proclaim God’s Word, and the Ninevites got it. Who knew?

At the time in which these Words of Jesus were spoken it was important to realize that something deep and profound was at work. One greater than Jonah was present. The One who is God with Us, was present not only to speak words but to live out the meaning of the Word of God become flesh. He is, “God with us” (Matthew 1:23). The apostle John said of Him, “The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory” (John 1:14).

Jesus also alluded to the life of Solomon, the third king of Israel, and the son of David. He was known for his wisdom but “something greater than Solomon is here” (v. 31). What every generation needs to know is that God is love and is reaching out in love to redeem and restore a fallen and broken race of people. He is continually reaching out to you and me in love, embracing us into His heart, and establishing within us the wisdom of God.

What can we do to work God’s work,

to prosper and increase

the brotherhood of all mankind –
the reign of the Prince of Peace?

What can we do to hasten the time –
the time that shall surely be,

when the earth shall be filled

with the glory of God

as the waters cover the sea.
– Arthur Campbell Aigner, 1894

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