Yesterday, December 6th we celebrated the second Sunday in the Christian season of Advent.
In Latin, Advent means “coming”. We Christians view the days of Advent as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the “coming” birth of Jesus on December 25th
This season of waiting and expecting; celebration and merriments have been called by many “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”
However, we know, for many, the days of Advent are anything but merry.
For many, the days of Advent are filled with pressure, pain and panic.
To do all the shopping, partying, cooking and other duties associated with the holidays.
For the holidays more intensely remind many of the loss of loved ones.
Because of commercialism with Black Friday, Cyber Monday and other manner of sales, the holidays has become all about the material gift instead of the gift of Jesus.
This race for the “gift” will cause many to spend money they do not have, in order to impress and make people “happy” who don’t deserve it.
While people will panic during Advent to buy the gift however, the real panic will come in January when the bills are due.
God’s Solution for Pressure, Pain and Panic
Clearly God does not want us to suffer with pressure, pain and panic. Not only during Advent, but anytime. So God gave us His Holy Spirit enabling us to do God’s will even in the pressure, pain and panic, of “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”
The Guidance of the Holy Spirit
Paul in Galatians 5:16-26 urges us to allow the Holy Spirit to guide our lives. Paul reminds us that the Holy Spirit will block our sinful nature which leads to pressure, pain and panic.
Listen to what Paul says in Galatians 5:22-23: “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”
This Holiday let the Holy Spirit Dwell
Therefore, in this season of Advent, my prayer for you is that you stay prayed up so that the Holy Spirit will dwell in your life. This will bring you the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
The Most Wonderful Days of Advent
Instead of pressure, pain and panic; these days of Advent leading up to the “coming” birth of our savior, can truly be “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”