December 22nd Advent Daily Devotional

Reversal of Fortune

John Renze

Isaiah 61:1-11

It’s the age old story. What was thought lost forever is found again. The hero is found in the most unlikely place. The most downtrodden becomes the most unfortunate. Cinderella has the other glass slipper. The underdog team wins the big game. It is written into the fabric of our culture.

But for people of faith, this is no fairy tale drama. It is the promise of God. The prophet speaks the unlikely words that what was once shamed will be exalted. Those who were poor will be rich. The city that was destroyed will be rebuilt. Those who mourned will be full of joy.

But that is not what we see in the real world, is it? As we look around, reversal of fortune is hard to find. The poor stay poor. The powerful oppress. The sick die. What is going on?

This is where faith comes in. Our faith holds that these words remain true despite the evidence to the contrary. In faith we hold the confident hope that the fortunes will one day be reversed. In faith we believe that God does not speak in vain. Come, Lord Jesus. The earth needs it. It always has. So in faith, we continue to pray the Advent prayer.

God of the ages,

We wait. And you wait on us.

Show us your glory, that we might yearn to know your peace.

Strengthen our resolve to seek your ways of justice as they are revealed to us in Christ.

Amen.

 

John Renze is a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Crystal, Minnesota and a student at Luther Seminary.

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