Read 2 Samuel 7:1-17. Thank you for journeying through Advent with me. I hope you are now ready for Christmas!
Christmas Eve is an exciting day of anticipation. In our house, after carolling, we prepare for Christmas Day, making the turkey stock and the sausage meat stuffing. Then we usually go to a midnight service somewhere – currently Winchester Cathedral – the only time I get to sit in and enjoy a carol service without leading it! It is a day of expectation!
And yet, getting prepared for Christmas might not be what God wants. We always think it’s about us. What we must do to prepare ourselves for Christ’s coming. (The metaphor used in our reading is building a house for God). But the central theme of God’s story is it’s not about what we do for him. It’s what he does for us.
God tells David he will build him a house. Jesus Christ comes to earth as part of that House of David and pitches his home among us. Let that sink in today, whatever you are doing. That will really prepare you for Christmas Day, and beyond. God bless you!
THINK IT OVER
Think about the following:
•Are you trying to build God a house? Or are you willing to let him build one for you?