Isaiah 12:2-6

Key Verses:

“Behold, God is my salvation;
    I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the Lord God is my strength and my song,
    and he has become my salvation.”

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

Reflection:

It is early November and the city of Chattanooga is experiencing the worst drought in recorded history. As I type, I can smell the smoke from fires on both Lookout Mountain and Signal Mountain in my North Chattanooga home. The drought we are experiencing has made me keenly aware of the importance of water for the earth, as well as the appropriateness of water as an analogy for so many of God’s good gifts, including His Word (see Ephesians 5:26-27), the Holy Spirit (see John 7:37-39), and, here in Isaiah, salvation or eternal life (see also John 4:14).

We are all waiting for rain to water our city! The waiting for rain, however, reminds me of the season of Advent, a season in the church of waiting and preparation for the birth of Jesus. Growing up in the Episcopal and Catholic churches, I have a fondness for the church calendar, where each season observes a different portion of God’s story from the scriptures. Advent scriptures remind us of the waiting God’s people did throughout the Bible – to get out of slavery, to get out of the desert, and for a savior.

Advent allows me to reflect on the waiting I have experienced in my own life as well-waiting – for grief to subside after losing my parents, waiting for a child in the midst of infertility, and waiting for my son to eat a vegetable (I am a dietitian). Advent also reminds me to reflect on all the ways God has been “my strength and my song” in these seasons of waiting. I can “trust, and…not be afraid” in every season because “God is my salvation!” As much as our city needs rain, even more so, our souls need “water from the wells of salvation”, which Christians have drawn “with joy” since the birth of Jesus.

 Melissa Powell

Prayer:

Lord, we thank you for seasons of waiting recorded in the Bible, seasons of waiting in our own lives, and the season of Advent for the church. Most of all, thank you for Jesus, who dispels fear, supplies strength, puts songs in our hearts, and gives us joyful, eternal salvation. Amen.

1 You will say in that day:
“I will give thanks to you, O Lord,
    for though you were angry with me,
your anger turned away,
    that you might comfort me.

“Behold, God is my salvation;
    I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the Lord God is my strength and my song,
    and he has become my salvation.”

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

And you will say in that day:

“Give thanks to the Lord,
    call upon his name,
make known his deeds among the peoples,
    proclaim that his name is exalted.

“Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously;
    let this be made known in all the earth.
Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
    for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”

CategoryAdvent 2016