December 12th Advent Devotional

Wants

Jason Adams

Job 27:12-28

 What do we really want? This year for Christmas, my kids want very specific items. So we’ll so searching and try to find what is on their wish list, and at times, it can be like a wild goose chase. So easily we can fall into thinking of the holiday season as a time to think of all the things we desire. Whether it is a whole stack of books, the newest gadget, or maybe just having the ones we love together for a celebration, what we want seems to be a central focus.

Mines of silver and gold, the bounty of fields, and the riches of this world can be found, one way or another, but wisdom can be harder to come by. What can we really know, except our own needs? To have understanding is to know the God who creates the earth and all that is in it. The things we are searching for are known by the God who created the universe! Any wisdom we might find in this existence then, comes through Christ, who “became for us wisdom from God” (1. Cor. 1:30).

If we desire wisdom, then, we should look to the cross. If we want to know anything, we ought to know Jesus, and in knowing Jesus we would, in faith, know the God of mercy, grace, righteousness, and peace, who desires every good thing for us. Then and only then, might know what it is to have all we truly need.

 

God of Wisdom, teach us to know you more this season, and give us your peace. Amen.

 Pastor Jason Adams serves the people of God at Reformation Lutheran Church (ELCA) in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada.

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