Day 7

December 4

December 4

Isaiah 64

1 "O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence - 2 as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil-to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence! 3 When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. 4 From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him. 5 You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed. 6 We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. 7 There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity. 8 Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. 9 Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord, and do not remember iniquity forever. Now consider, we are all your people. 10 Your holy cities have become a wilderness, Zion has become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation. 11 Our holy and beautiful house, where our ancestors praised you, has been burned by fire, and all our pleasant places have become ruins. 12 After all this, will you restrain yourself, O Lord? Will you keep silent, and punish us so severely?"

He Works for Those Who Wait for Him

by John Maurer, M.Div.

Advent is a season of waiting, watching and preparing for the arrival of King Jesus. Honestly, as a kid, the focus of waiting and watching in this season was all about the anxious anticipation of the presents, food, fun and family gatherings. However, due to the gracious and continuing work of God’s Spirit in my life and, of course, many, many years under my belt, the waiting and watching of Advent are now much more about the Giver than the gifts.

Isaiah 64 is a prayer of lament. In this passage, we find the author crying out for the rescue of the people of God. The prayer begins with a complaint, but then it moves to an acknowledgement of who this covenant God is and what he has done in the past for his people. “From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God beside you, who acts for those who wait for him.” (64:4) And it is because of this truth that the author can end his cry in hope, a hope that indeed God will move once again for his own glory and restore the fortunes of his covenant people.

Even though we have been slowly creeping toward a new normal and the hope that, finally, this dark season of world-wide pandemic and all its destructive consequences will soon be behind us, we are desperately longing and waiting and praying for the winds of God’s Spirit to blow afresh through the hearts and lives of the men and women of Baylor Athletics.

This past year, God has granted our teams and coaches, through much hard work, some unprecedented athletic success which has led to many using the platform that this has given them to make sure the world knows that it is our God who deserves all the glory. And in this new year ahead, Baylor Sports Ministry will continue to work and dream of a day that there are communities of Christian leaders on every one of our athletic teams that will point the world to our God, whether in victory or defeat, who acts for those who wait for him.

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John Maurer, M.Div.John Maurer, M.Div.

Baylor Athletics Associate Chaplain John Maurer’s 30 years of experience in sports ministry at Division 1 collegiate, professional and international levels uniquely qualify him for his role at Baylor University. Not only has John done the work of evangelism and discipleship in the athletic world, but he has a proven history of training other staff, athletes and coaches to do so, as well. As Director of Sports Ministry, these qualifications help him to foster the unambiguously Christian educational environment that is a hallmark of a Baylor education.

Baylor Athletics’ mission of Preparing Champions for Life charges Maurer with building bridges and forging connections in the church community surrounding Waco and Baylor Athletics, as well as within the Baylor community, to create a team approach to chaplaincy that will provide pastoral leadership, teaching, evangelism and care to student-athletes, coaches, staff and their families. He has shepherded and led teams of staff and student-athletes by building authentic communities of Christ-followers who impact their teams, campuses and communities for Christ.