“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)
As our team drove into the village in which we would spend the next week, we observed that we were surrounded by beautiful mountains proclaiming the glory of their Creator. When I laid eyes on those mountains for the first time, God showed me that He was very familiar with what we were driving into: a village with stories of despair, sadness, and hurt, and a people in desperate need of a Savior.
When God inspired Isaiah to prophecy that Jesus would come to earth as a baby, He knew what Jesus would encounter. He knew mankind’s sin and despair. God knew that His Son would have to die on the cross to save humanity, and He knew that Christ in us would have a large and lasting impact on the lives of people everywhere. God knew all of this when He sent Jesus, and He continues to know everything about us and our friends in the North. Yet, despite our sins, He loves us all completely.
As you celebrate Advent this year, remember that the God who sent Jesus to earth also knows your heart, and feels all its hurts and joys. Lean on Him, trust in Him, and walk with Him, for He is very familiar with your story, and loves you completely. After all, Jesus died on the cross and rose again from the dead for you!
We pray: Father, You are the God of all people, and You are aware of our desperate need for You. Thank you for sending Your Son to this sin-stricken world to rescue and redeem us. Amen.
Written by Ericka Wallace
Volunteer Missionary in Glen Vowel, British Columbia