Advent Devotional – Sunday, Dec 16th

By: Ivan Cooley

Isaiah 12:1-6

Reflection—v.1, ‘your anger turned away’
Ivan Cooley ThumbnailOne day I had a doctor’s appointment. As soon as I walked in the entrance to the hospital, there was a bathroom about twenty feet away. So I’m in there when the security guard comes in and says, ‘You’re going to have to come out of here.’ I say, ‘Well look, I have a legitimate reason to be here. I have an appointment, and if you don’t believe me, you’re just going to have to follow me.’ Now what did I say that for? Because that’s exactly what he did: he followed me all over the hospital. My anger was building. I say, ‘This is 2018; this is not 1955.’ He responds,‘Well, I’m glad you know what year it is.’ Once I get up to the floor, it looks like a maze to me—I’m lost, and I can’t see any signs. Finally, I find the right desk. They go ahead and tell me to have a seat, and they will call my name. I turned around to the security guard and said, ‘Okay, well. Now, can I go ahead and handle my business in peace?’ He agreed and walked off. At that point, I’m pretty angry. It says in this passage that the anger that the Lord has is turned away. For me, that is just another way of saying that the Lord forgives us. And once we have that forgiveness, it comforts us because we know that we are truly loved. If I expect the Lord, when he’s angry to forgive me, then I want to be willing to do the same thing.
Prayer: Lord, you turn away your anger from us because you love us. Help us when we are angry with one another to do the same—and for the same reason: because you love us.