The scripture reading today is 1 Corinthians 2:9.
9But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him” (NRSV).
Prepare. Receive. Repeat
We are halfway through the winter seasons of the Church: Advent. Christmas. Epiphany. This weekend we remember the Baptism of Jesus at the Jordan River when,” the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah.” John will tell them: ‘you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!’
Today’s verse comes from a chapter where St. Paul starts to (humbly) explain about wisdom and the Holy Spirit. Pointing to the spiritual mysteries revealed in Christ, Paul recycles a verse from Isaiah (64:4) about “what God has prepared.” Sometimes we get anxious about what WE need to prepare, especially to make it through all the fuss and inconvenience of the winter seasons, or a ‘wintry’ patch in our lives. But Paul rightly points to the source and basis of our faith: what GOD has prepared—for us.
We have received so much already. Yet we will again get anxious in our ‘expectations and questionings’ about an uncertain future. What should I prepare for, now? Take heart this day, that the future holds what God has prepared for you. God “acts on behalf of those who wait for Him” – Isaiah’s words, that Paul received and repeated as: what God “has prepared for those who love Him.”
Advent. Christmas. Epiphany = God Prepares. We Receive. Repeat. Isaiah and Paul and John the Baptizer all agree: You ain’t seen or heard or conceived nuthin’ yet!
Gracious God, I thank You for the past and look to You in the present, trusting in the future You have prepared for me, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Pastor Jim firstname.lastname@example.org
Pray for those you know who struggle with anxiety and fear.