Advent Devotional - December 19

December 19, 2019



“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.” - Psalm 51:10-12

“Life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we react to it.” – Charles Swindoll

“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.” – Jim Rohn

We’ve all heard these statements in one form or fashion and at various times. Despite our brave faces and upbeat attitudes, we have all been broken by circumstances out of our control. Most people tend to want to wallow in their brokenness, adopting a “pity me” look about them with drooping faces and hunched shoulders. Milking their dire straits for all they are worth to get as much attention and sympathy as possible before the situation changes. But there can be a kind of joy in brokenness, too.  

David asked God to create a clean heart for him and to restore the joy of his salvation. Do you remember when you gave your life to Jesus? The absolutely overwhelming emotion of that moment of submission? You came to that point after a long time of brokenness – in your life, your relationships, perhaps even your health, but you gave it all to Jesus and asked Him to “create in me a clean heart, O God,” and He has!  

You can never know what is going to happen in your life, but God knows and He will watch over you always – take  joy in that, and “give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. For his anger endures but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but JOY cometh in the morning” Psalm 30:4-5.


John Maddox
Wesley UMC (Chaplin)
Bluegrass District