advent devotional day 10, our right response

Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. 

“Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?  
We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”

There is a Holy chain of command, Ladies
All of the beautiful names we read yesterday stirred my spirit, and I’m certain yours as well.  It’s just amazing how big our God is.  So big that He would create us in His image, and love us so much to send His only son to give His life for us.  We turned from Him and yet He seeks us out, and makes a way for us.  We call to Him in a moment of submission and He lifts us higher than the world.

It’s when we kneel that we stand the tallest.  
In our weakness we are more strong than ever.

Yielding to the Lord is and always will be the most difficult and most exhilarating Christian action.  Our flesh is selfish and we yearn for control.  If we could just sink down into our own humility, however, and tilt our weary heads back, we would see the Glory of the Lord and know we are wrapped in His care and concern.

Though we are speaking of kneeling to our Lord, I want to go to moments where the Lord, Himself, kneeled before His Father.  As we pondered on Wednesday, Jesus can empathize with us because He has been through virtually every temptation and emotion.  Yielding is no exception.

Let’s look at the crucifixion, for in this moment Jesus demonstrated yielding in the utmost.

“Then said Jesus, ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.’”
Luke 23:34

“And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost”
Mark 15:37

The same Greek word is translated into two different words for the passages above.  “Forgive” and “up” both come from the word ἀφίηυι, pronounced “af-ee’-ay-mee.”  It is defined as “to send forth, cry, forgive, forsake, lay aside, leave, let, yield up.”

These two passages are so powerful together because, in the very moment Jesus was asking the Lord to forgive those who were putting Him to death, He was Himself submitting to the Lord’s will for them to do it.  

Jesus knows the feeling of yielding when it hurts.  He knows how difficult it is for us to let go of control.

Submission is just a special, special thing.  We are to submit to Him, and love Him.  We are told to love all of those around us after Him and before ourselves.  Until we wholeheartedly love and appreciate Him as our Redeemer, we would be hard-pressed to find enough love to go around.  He fills us and satisfies us.  His grace is sufficient for us.  To kneel before anyone shows kindness, appreciation, selflessness and honor.  To kneel before the Lord is to worship Him who gave us life and forgiveness.

On the first night of His life, people knelt before Jesus; worshipping the Savior that was sent for them and the rest of us.  It is our right response to continue to do this daily.

When do you struggle in yielding?

How is your prayer-life in these moments?

How can we all pray for you to be more obedient to the Lord?

In what ways, if any, do you physically kneel before the Lord?  How do you worship Him?  Consider the ways that people show their lowliness to God; whether literally on bended knee, face down on the ground, or bowed humbly before a shrine.  Decide the best way for you to make an action out of your faith, and go to the altar each day, kneeling before Him and exalting Him.  He is your Creator, your Father, your Shepherd and your King.

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