Advent Devotional: Day 24

By: Hubert Zanczak, Class of 2017


Scripture: Galatians 3:6-9

Theme: #Rely


It is challenging to be a person of faith in the world today. Our society seems to disapprove of any “religion.” And my immediate reaction is to say that it must have been easier to be a believer in the earlier days…

Then I read the book of Galatians, and I studied the context thereof. Boy was I wrong. The Galatians faced some real challenges in their walk of faith and when Paul became aware of this, he sent them a letter. The very letter seems so appropriate in our times of division and search for identity. Paul tells the Galatians, and by extension, us, “You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you?” (3:1) and then reminds us that it is through faith only, not works, that we are justified (3:8).

What really got to me was Paul’s reminder to actually rely— to “depend on with full trust or confidence”(Oxford Dictionary) upon our faith. This is where our true power and transformation comes from. The inherent part of “faith” involves a leap of belief beyond tangible proof. But what Paul urges the Galatians—and us—to do is to now trust with full confidence in the faith that we have in our Lord. So this Christmas season, let’s celebrate that faith by taking our hopes and worries, and relying upon the Lord with each of them.


Prayer:

For the Answering of Prayer

Almighty God, who hast promised to hear the petitions of those who ask in thy Son’s Name: We beseech thee mercifully to incline thine ear to us who have now made our prayers and supplications unto thee; and grant that those things which we have faithfully asked according to thy will, may effectually be obtained, to the relief of our necessity, and to the setting forth of thy glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (The Book of Common Prayer, 2007)

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