Day 5

The Root and Descendant of David

from the Advent 2019: A Thrill of Hope reading plan


2 Samuel 7:8-16, Jeremiah 23:1-8, Isaiah 11:1-6, Matthew 12:22-23, Matthew 22:41-46, Revelation 22:16

BY Rebecca Faires

This has been a really anxious season for me. We bought a tiny house on some acreage in hopes of lowering our debt and expenses. We thought we were geniuses. We shared a lot of congratulatory high fives. Five months later, we are still not moved in, and renovating has cost us so much more than we’d ever imagined. Today, we are not high fiving—we are weary. I know that everything will be okay in the end. But in the meantime, the terror we feel after paying yet another big bill has revealed our false sense of security rooted in how much money we’ve managed to put away in the bank.

But the hope of the gospel and the promise of Christmas is a peace that endures no matter what is happening around us in the physical world. The Spirit of the Lord promises hope, courage, wisdom, and understanding. We must run to the source of true peace. Apart from God, it’s not possible for us to have security that transcends our circumstances. I am not brave enough to build a house, raise children, or even get up every morning with a cheerful heart. I’m just not. And you aren’t either. Neither was King David—the man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14; 2 Samuel 7:8-16). Still, we have something beautiful that that enables us to hope in the midst of all harrowing days: the Spirit of the Lord.

When things looked bleak, when it looked like the the line of David had shrivelled down to a burnt stump, there was still great hope: “Then a shoot will grow from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit” (Isaiah 11:1). The promise given to David of the coming heir to his kingdom is also the promise of an eternal kingdom, an eternal home, an eternal security. It is a kingdom built, not by men, but by the King of kings. And it is not funded by our paltry bank accounts, nor is it laid out according to our finite schemes. Isaiah prophesied about this King, the coming Messiah:

“The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—a Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
a Spirit of counsel and strength, a Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD” (v.2).

Even in the midst of the joy of Christmas holiday, money is going to get tight, relationships are going to get strained, and inevitably, someone is going to pull out their back or suffer some other sort of injury. Instead of being whipped around by the insecurities of the world and our daily circumstances, let us put on the Spirit of the Lord and rest in His security. His perfect peace endures and sustains us as we learn to trust in Him.

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  1. Rachel Bryer says:

    I have been so anxious this Christmas season with family drama. It was created out of nothing. Actions done years past are being brought up. It’s never been this bad before. Nothing I say or do makes the situation better. And the other person involved is sucking all joy out of me. I’m having panic attacks at night. I can’t stop thinking about the situation during the day. This person is stealing every ounce of my personality out of me. And I’m in town visiting for the next two weeks for the holidays and I’m about ready to head back. But this post reminds me it’s never about the situation around me or where I am. It’s about where my hope is placed. Praying that over this coming holiday season.

  2. Molly Gilbane says:

    “Apart from God, it is not possible for us to have security that transcends our circumstances.” What a beautiful reminder that we need Jesus. This world can be cold and dark and cruel— the weight of it’s sins can feel crushing at times. But the spirit of the Lord provides us with hope, courage, wisdom, and understanding that transcends even the darkest of days. When everything is stripped away, You are there. Ready to wrap us in your loving arms and carry us home.

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