Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 11/27/22 by Pastor Steve Shields.
Why may the Goodness of God seem hidden to us?
Because we take it for granted. We don’t see it because it is always there, right in plain sight.
Because pearls don’t sit well before swine.
Because the enemy blinds us to God’s Goodness. We can be so focused on other things – even good things- that we totally miss God’s Goodness.
The manger is filled with compassion!
Compassion is an emotional word, and stands opposed to indifference. Compassion is an action word. Compassion is a connection word. Advent demonstrates that connection like little else.
Focus your eyes on what’s hidden in the manger. Make it your aim to let God define Himself. Fill your mind with truth about God’s Goodness. His compassion that reaches out to connect with us. His grace that shows us blessing when we deserve judgement. His patience that gives us one opportunity after another to turn to him. His loyal love that keeps all His promises to us. His faithfulness that doesn’t shift or fail or give up on us.