This Sunday we enter into the season known as Advent. Advent comes from the Latin word adventus which means coming. Traditionally, Advent is celebrated as the season leading up to Christmas which begins exactly four Sundays before December 25th. As early as the fourth century A.D., Christians would normally fast during this season because the whole purpose of Advent was to look forward to the second coming of Christ.
Over the course of this past week, my daily Scripture reading led me to read through the book written by the prophet named Habakkuk. This short book is broken down into three chapters, but it filled up the pages of my journal with thoughts. I began to place myself in the shoes of this great prophet and tried to imagine what it would have been like to experience my country being conquered by the ancient Babylonian Empire.
When we suffer mistreatment and offense from others, we are confronted with the choice to either take revenge into our own hand or to take refuge in the sovereign hands of God. Shortly after stepping up as the savior of Israel and striking down the great enemy of God’s people, David gained an incredible increase in popularity among the people of Israel. This was very displeasing to Israel's King Saul, and in his envy, he became very angry and “eyed David from that day on”.
There seems to be a very basic principle within these last words spoken by Jesus to His disciples..... I ought not to concern myself with things that are beyond my understanding and simply focus on that which has been clearly understood. It is not for me to know when God is going to deliver on certain promises and why God does some things the way that He does. It is my concern to receive the power of God dwelling within me, the promised Holy Spirit, and to go be a witness of His gospel to everyone around me.