My apologies for missing  a couple of days. Ironically, I was in the hustle and bustle of Christmas so much that I didn’t have time to stop and remember why we do these Advent devotionals anyway. Even in my forgetfulness, I’m reminded that Jesus’ love, affirmation, and smile do not change or leave me.

Enjoy today’s Advent devotional from fairmount.liberti.org/advent, located on cardiphonia.org.

This is Our God

Read: Isaiah 35:1-10
1The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;
the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;
2it shall blossom abundantly
and rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the LORD,
the majesty of our God.
3Strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
4Say to those who have an anxious heart,
“Be strong; fear not!
Behold, your God
will come with vengeance,
with the recompense of God.
He will come and save you.”…

ISAIAH 35 REVEALS not only what God has saved us from, but what He has saved us to.

He has ransomed and redeemed us from our slavery to sin, from a forever wilderness apart from
Him, from blindness, from deafness, from thirst, from sorrow, from sighing.  And He has saved
us to freedom, to a place of abundance, where we will see His glory and majesty with our own
eyes, to overflowing streams, to gladness and everlasting joy.  In other words, He has saved us to
Himself, where all real happiness is found.
This is our God:  the God who came and saved the Israelites out of their slavery to the
Egyptians (Exodus 15:11-18), the God who sent His angels to proclaim to the shepherds on that
starry night that the Messiah had come and would save (Luke 2:10-11), the God who came in
the form of Jesus and who died and was raised to life (1 Corinthians 15:3-4), and the same God
who brings this message to us today, at this moment in history as we sit with Him.  Take a
moment to think:  What is one specific thing Jesus has rescued you from?  What does He want to
rescue you from today?

Prayer: God, we praise you and thank You for coming and saving us from our sin and guilt and shame—past, present and
future.  And thank you for saving us to a life forever with You, a life that has already begun here and now.  As we
walk in Your Way, help us today to look back at what you’ve saved us from, and look forward in eager expectation
to what you have saved us unto:  Yourself.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

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