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Advent Devotional 12/19/21

He is in control!

December 19, 2021

Windell Robertson

"May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."

-Colossians 1:11-14

The Season of Advent is a time of waiting and reflecting on what God has done for us through His Son Jesus Christ and the examples Christ gave us to live by. It is a time for us to “get in the present” with God.

My father always said to me, “never ask a man to do something you would not do yourself.” Our Heavenly Father does the same. How hard must it been for God, who knew when He sent Jesus into the world that Jesus would die for our sins.

God through His example of Christ has already revealed to us that our life has never been intended to be a “Rose Garden”. We are going to struggle, sin, have tribulations and be knocked down.  

I often think of my father, a man who went across Omaha Beach on D Day telling me, “life is not fair, do not expect it to be.” “It is not a matter of you getting knocked down, you are going to get knocked down, what matters is if and how you get up; that defines your character.” God through his scriptures clearly says the same thing. In Colossians 1:11 Paul is praying for us to use the power of God to get up, to get through our trials, using God’s strength not our own.  

Once we are “in the present” with him, we realize He is in control, and is walking with us through all of life, good or bad.

Many times I struggle with this because I am not willing to get God out in front of my life. I am not willing to follow His lead instead of my own. I try to fit God’s plans to my life instead of fitting my plans to His plans.


We are only able to use His strength when we get in the “Present” with Him. When we establish an “audience of one” with Him and seek His approval instead of mans’ approval. Once we are “in the present” with him, we realize He is in control, and is walking with us through all of life, good or bad. At that point we can find peace in whatever is coming our way. In Colossians 1:12giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. This allows us to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father. It also helps us to have a sense of gratitude for the days that we do not encounter major trials and tribulations. It allows us to see the big picture that we have so much to be thankful for because of God’s love, grace, mercy, and hesed. During this Advent season may we find comfort and peace in knowing that God truly wants to be in the present with us.

Dear Lord, thank you that you have given us so many examples to live by. Thank you that you never ask us to do things that you have not done yourself. Lord, thank you for your grace and mercy. Lord during this season of Advent help us to “get in the present with You” that we might have peace in all situations. We know that you are always walking with us through all life has to offer, good or bad. This Advent season help us to “be in the present” with you that we might have the peace that only you can give.

Amen.