“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid,
for the Lord God is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” (Isaiah 12:2 – 3)
As we come to the end of this third week of Advent and approach the third Sunday of Advent, the writer of Isaiah reminds us who God is (at least one of the aspects of God) to us. Whatever might have frightened us in the past, it is something no longer to be feared. When the angel came to Mary and appeared to Joseph in a dream, the angel came to dispel fear and announce good news. Perhaps you remember early in the year I brought your attention to the annunciation to Mary. In a sense, that is the more truer start of Advent, when God’s plan first started. That is an important thing to remember – even before we know of our needs, God is planning to meet them. And even before the fearful event becomes obvious to us, God is setting forth a plan that will assuage our fears.
“And you will say in that day:
Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known his deeds among the nations; proclaim that his name is exalted.
Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be known in all the earth.
Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”
(Verses 4 -6)
With all that comes to you during the season of Advent, may not be one of them. And if there is fear, may God already be planning for your good and salvation. Selah!