Thursday, December 11, 2008
Daily Bible Reading: Habakkuk 2:1-5
I will stand at my watchpost,
and station myself on the rampart;
I will keep watch to see what he will say to me,
and what he will answer concerning my complaint.
Then the Lord answered me and said:
Write the vision;
make it plain on tablets,
so that a runner may read it.
For there is still a vision for the appointed time;
it speaks of the end, and does not lie.
If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come,
it will not delay.
Look at the proud!
Their spirit is not right in them,
but the righteous live by their faith.
Moreover, wealth is treacherous;
the arrogant do not endure.
They open their throats wide as Sheol;
like Death they never have enough.
They gather all nations for themselves,
and collect all peoples as their own.
Comments: Habakkuk is called as many prophets were to be a watchman for the people of Israel. He was to look to the future –how the actions of the present would play themselves out if the people continued on their way. He is advising his people to remain humble and hopeful for the coming of the Messiah.
In waiting for the coming of Christ it is still important for me to remain alert and hopeful because Christ can come at any moment. Most of the time, I don’t recognize Christ when he comes to me until after the incident. Then I could kick myself because I wasn’t aware of Christ in another at the moment. But I think that is how Emmanuel reveals himself to me. It is important then for me to be reflective of those special moments with others to find the Christ who is ever present to me. A good Advent practice.