Daily reading: 3 December
God’s eternity and human frailty.
Something to read
For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a watch in the night.’
Psalm 90:4 from full reading of Psalm 90.
Something to think about
In this Advent season of waiting, having something to help those of us who are impatient might be useful. In today’s reading from the Psalms, the author chooses to draw on context to do just that. In particular, the context of his belief that God’s timeline is not the same as his own.
To God, according to the Psalmist, a thousand years are like a day. So when waiting feels long, he chooses to put it into this context. I maybe in a hurry, but God’s time isn’t mine. Relax a little and wait some more.
But waiting is difficult. Frustrations can rise when we wait. What is frustration? Is it not the anger we feel when we don’t get our own way? Things aren’t going according to our plan. They’re not happening as quick as we’d like. And we get angry at this. Frustrated.
It helps, therefore, if we believe that God is in control. Our situation is in his hands. Indeed, we are in his hands. So, relax a little and wait some more.
Something to do
If you’ve followed yesterday’s instruction, reflect a little on how you felt as you waited before beginning today’s devotional. Were you frustrated at having to wait?
Reflect on why that might be.
Something to pray
Lord of love and grace, I release any anger that has risen in my heart to you.
I choose to trust and believe that my life is in your hands.
Today’s contributor is Dyfed Wyn Roberts. Dyfed works for Christian Aid in Wales. He has a PhD in church history and is a keen photographer.