There are two major complaints God makes toward Israel in Isaiah, and in all the prophets. First, they have placed other things ahead of God. They have worshiped idols; they have become too prideful; they chase after sin. Instead of starting each day and each thing out with God, they begin with themselves, their sinful desires, and their wants.
We learn from this that God must come first in everything in life.
Second, they do not care for or help those in need. They take advantage of the needy and poor. They do not seek to help the lives and conditions of the neediest among them. They use them only to get what they want. The Lord says that is not right, they must help those that are in need.
In this Advent and Christmas season, let us not forget those among us that are in need.
New Testament Lesson
Paul says that no one knows when the day of the Lord's coming will be; it will be like a thief in the night. But, let us not focus on that, instead let us focus on encouraging one another. Let us focus on being faithful. Let us focus on being awake. Let us focus on what the Lord would have us to do. And in doing that; we will be prepared for His coming. Today, let us encourage one another!
We see in Luke's passage another reference to our Lord's return. And in this Jesus tell us to lift up our heads, rejoice, for in that, our redemption draws near. Remember, that's God's ultimate goal for you. Your full redemption and salvation. Today, you will be tempted. Today, you will face struggle. Today, you will face trials. There will come a day, through, when you will not. There will be a day when God will wipe away every tear from our eye.
Today, may we live on the grace and hope and peace God has given us. And, may we know that a day is coming when we will not face those struggle we face now!