Monthly Archives: November 2020

Waiting for the coming of the King!

Advent is here! A season to rejoice, reflect and celebrate the first coming of Christ Jesus. How are we preparing for it? Are we running around, busying ourselves with lists of jobs to finish before school breaks for Christmas? Are we writing endless lists of presents to order online? Are we worrying about the food we are going to have to prepare? Are we worrying about the Tier 2 imposed to most of the country by our government and the restrictions that mean we can’t enjoy this season as we have done in the past with our loved ones? Are we so saddened by the state of our world that we have not yet stopped to think about the meaning of the season?

Can I encourage you (this is for myself first) to stop and take some time to marvel at the unmeasurable love our God has poured out on us when He gave His Son, His only Son, to come to live with us and be our Immanuel? Jesus came as a servant and He live a perfect life in obedience to His Father in order to secure our salvation and make us right with God. Jesus has risen from the dead and is now seated at God’s right hand in heaven. Do we get moved by the fact that the King of the Universe would leave His throne in heaven and would come as a helpless baby, would grow up and ultimately suffer in our place on that cruel cross? Sometimes the familiarity with this most amazing story numbs our hearts and the entire season comes and goes and we have not reflected on the meaning of it all. My friends, let us bow the knee before our King and ask that our hearts be filled again with thankfulness and a burning desire to celebrate God’s love for us. As we read the famous passage from Luke 2, let us picture the details, what might have happened between the pen strokes. Let us ponder over and over, until our eyes can see afresh this wonder of God’s love.

“So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.11”

Once we have re-focused our hearts and minds, we must consider that Advent is also a time for every Christians to remember we are still waiting for the second coming of our King! This time is an opportunity to reflect on how we are preparing for the time when we Jesus will return in glory! Are we longing for that day? Have we spent time seeking to live in a way that is pleasing to our King? We should come to Him and confess the many times we are so preoccupied with the things of this world and we are so comfortable that we have forgotten to get ready for His arrival. The “house” is untidy, the rooms are filled with all sorts of distractions and we are lounging around without any care to how much or how little we are anticipating King Jesus’s coming. Jesus has secured for us eternal life with Him through His death on the cross for us, but He still desires for us to be transformed into His likeness each day! So, let us encourage one another to do that – why not send a card, a text, a message, or phone a friend to encourage her to get ready for His arrival! Remember the Bible tells us that no one knows the hour, but we know He is coming!

Another very important aspect of Advent for us to consider is the message of the Gospel that we were entrusted to share – the good news that it is for all mankind. Have we forgotten how important and how urgent this matter is? Have we been praying for opportunities to share Jesus with our neighbours, our family members, our work colleagues, our children during this season? This year has been particularly challenging for so many and people are looking for hope and we have the Hope they need. May the Lord give us boldness to share His amazing love with those who are without a shepherd.

May God bless and help us as we prepare our hearts for the season.


To say 2020 has been a whirlwind year is an understatement. Nobody could have imagined that we would have our lives changed so completely because of a virus. Everything changed so rapidly and affected rich and poor, black and white communities, children and adults, elderly, healthy and frail people. For the first time in my lifetime everyone was facing the same situation: not knowing what tomorrow might bring and the constant flow of information telling us all was changing and we were all doomed.

At this point you might be tempted to close this post and move on to something else. Please bear with me. A few months ago in our church, we studied the attributes of God with a group of ladies and there is one in particular that I have been thinking about during these uncertain times: God’s immutability or the fact He is unchangeable.

The Bible tells us our God is unchangeable – He is the same today, yesterday and forever. What a comfort that is for those who know Him and put their trust in Him. When all around us seem to be crumbling down we need to look to the Bible and be reminded of this great truth that our God is unchangeable. His love is the same, His promises are the same, His plan is the same and His character is the same. Here are some verses that have encouraged me through this time:

In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end. Psalm 102:25-25

No matter what is happening around us, how we feel, what the government is saying, or how our circumstances have changed: God remains the same. That means I can come to Him how I am: broken, shaken, unsure, scared, happy or confident. I can come to the throne of Grace knowing my God is unchangeable. He loves me and has promised to be with me each day. I can be confident that all He has promised in His Word, the Bible, is true.

Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures. Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you. Psalm 119:89-91

I know that even as I write this post I do not know what will happen tomorrow. I can’t predict how the changes which humans are putting in place will impact my life and my family but I can know for sure that God’s purposes will endure forever.

The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Psalm 33:10-11

Even though I still have to remind myself every day that God loves me and He is in control of all of the Universe, I want to encourage you to look to His Word to find comfort and hope. I pray that I can say with confidence:

I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong,
upright and just is he. Deuteronomy 32:3-5

Have a wonderful week.

God bless.