Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge. Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding. ~ Proverbs 23:12, 23
We know it’s Advent, not yet Christmas. But all around us, the world is celebrating Christmas—and has been for weeks. Christmas music sounds in our ears, holiday decorations captivate our eyes, shopping and planning occupy our minds. Instead of buying popular toys and flashy clothing, God’s Word tells us to buy truth, wisdom, instruction, and understanding—the truth about God and His Son, Jesus Christ; wisdom to focus our celebrations on Jesus rather than consumerism; instruction in the coming of Jesus in glory at the end of time; understanding of the eternal and divine.
Lord God, help me to focus on You during this Advent season. Let me take some time to ignore the chaos associated with the holiday season—shopping, parties, spending, rushing—and focus on Jesus. Let me remember His coming to earth as a tiny baby and look forward to His coming again in glory to judge the world. Fill my heart and mind with You. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.