Advent Devotion 10 – A Season for Reconciliation

Today’s Reading – Mark 9-12

Mark 11:25 – And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. (ESV)

Do you have a cousin Eddie in your extended family? Christmas is one time during the year when extended families gather together, and inevitably there is a possibility for high drama.  Strained relationships from past hurts, differing views of what should be central to our celebration at Christmas, or how long the turkey should be cooked are all examples of ways in which this season can become highly stressful.  As followers of Christ, how do we serve as “ministers of reconciliation” (2 Cor. 5:18) during this time of year? Continue reading

Meet with Your Father and Friend

Exodus 33:11 – Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses turned again into the camp, his assistant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent. (ESV)

Moses, as the leader of the Jewish nation, would construct a tent just outside the camp and call it the Tent of Meeting. He would erect the tent, and spend time there meeting with God “face to face, as a man speaks to his friend”.

This is such a beautiful picture for each of us to reflect upon today. Here we have the God of the Universe meeting with a man and speaking with him as His friend. I have read this hundreds of times, and each time I read it, it still strikes me as incredible.

But, here is what is even more incredible. By God’s grace through our faith in the sacrificial death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we can be reconciled to God. (2 Cor. 5:18, Rom. 5:10) As a result of this reconciliation, we become children of God (1 John 3:1) and as His children, we enjoy the privilege of having free access to our Heavenly Father. We are free to talk with Him and meet with Him “as a man speaking with his friend”. We don’t have to erect some special tent or make a special trip. Talk with Him right where you are, because He is there! This gives me great comfort.

As awesome as Exodus 33’s description of the Tent of Meeting can be, by God’s grace we can experience something even greater!

Rest in Jesus,

Andy