Sunday: Psalm 81, 83; Isaiah 45; Luke 9.51-end

From: Carson Rockett

I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egpyt. Psalm 81.10a

Over and over and over, throughout God’s word, you hear this refrain from him to his people, ‘remember, remember, remember’. God has to continually remind his people of his faithfulness as they experience doubt, despair, frustration, fear, sin…

The Israelites were a forgetful people. We are a forgetful people. I am a forgetful person. Despite the countless trials God has faithfully brought me through, I still face each new trial with a sense of amnesia. I have to fall back on God’s promises, preaching to my soul ‘Remember, Carson, remember.’

Advent can be a season where present trials can become more pronounced, and past trials can come flooding back. We, as a community, collectively experience trials of singleness, lost jobs, broken relationships, terminal illnesses… And in these trials we can wrestle with seeing God’s faithfulness; God, why didn’t you heal my dad of cancer?

Advent is a time for us though to remember how truly faithful God is to his people: This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him (1 Jn 4:9). Oh how sweet God’s faithfulness is to us.

May we this Advent season rejoice in God’s faithfulness to us, his people. In the face of trials, may we remember the breadth and length and height and depth of God’s love for us that is displayed through him sending his one and only son into this world.

I am married to my incredible wife, Drue; we are both from the Gulf Coast of Alabama. If anyone would like to drink sweet tea and watch Alabama football please let us know. Roll Tide.