The lowly will ever find joy in the LORD, and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. For the tyrant will be no more and the arrogant will have gone (Isaiah 29)
We are on our way in the season of Advent to prepare ourselves for the celebration of the birth of Christ. An important question is whom we put our trust in during our journey through life. Many elevate themselves as the God of their life. Or they put their trust in other false gods like celebrities, politicians or sportstars. The bottomline is there is no Messiah out there that can save us. Neither we ourself or any other human being. Only Jesus Christ is able to save us, even from our self-created illusions. The apostle Paul bore witness to a trust that is exactly the opposite of that misplaced self-confidence. He put his trust solely in Jesus Christ, who is God incarnate, the true God of love and mercy. Similar in the scripture verse from Isaiah. He tells us clearly where we find our joy and who is able to save us…God himself only! “The lowly will ever find joy in the LORD, and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. For the tyrant will be no more and the arrogant will have gone”.
God touches us through Jesus. Jesus is the fullness of God’s mercy and the power of his kingdom. He has the power to save us from destruction and illusions. Jesus always brought God’s mercy to those that were seeking for it. God gives mercy to the humble and lowly in heart. Faith is a gift freely given by God to help us to know Him. For faith to be effective it must be linked with trust and obedience. It needs to be an active submission to God and a follow his will. Our Lord wants us to live in the confident expectation that he will fulfill his promises to us and bring us into his kingdom. And this kingdom is opposite from the “kingdoms” of this world, with it’s false promises. The kingdom of God is one of righteousness, peace, and joy. If we want to know the peace and joy of God’s kingdom, we need to reject the “false kingdoms” of the world? We need to embrace Gods kingdom and not embracing the selfish philosophies of the world. That has proven to be self-destructive. Human kind has since the beginning of time proven not been able to overcome the temptation of selfishness, strive for power and elevate themselves over others. We need to turn back to God and His Messiah, Jesus Christ. Only through Christ God can heal this world and bring his kingdom of Love and Peace! Amen.