Note: Join me every Monday morning for a brief, but reflective look into God’s Word. There’s no better way to start your week.
Most of the Thanksgiving turkey has been eaten. The garland and stockings now adorn the mantle. Since Christmas is less than a month away, let’s spend the next four Mondays anticipating Jesus’ “arrival.”
About 700 years before the birth of Christ, the prophet Isaiah announced His coming to the children of Israel:
1 Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. The land of Zebulun and Naphtali will be humbled, but there will be a time in the future when Galilee of the Gentiles, which lies along the road that runs between the Jordan and the sea, will be filled with glory.
2 The people who walk in darkness will see a great light.
For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.
4 For you will break the yoke of their slavery and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders.
6 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
will make this happen!
Isaiah 9:1-2, 4a, 6-7, NLT
Israel and Judah experienced hardship and discipline. Their sin and the sin of others surrounded them with a darkness that only God’s light could dispel. The promised Messiah would bring spiritual freedom and peace – for them and for us!
What dark effects of sin do you see around you in the world today?
Is there any darkness in your own life from sin that you need to confess today?
Share a prayer with us today asking Christ to shine His light in a specific area of darkness in the world. For instance, ask Jesus to break apart the United States sex slave trade business.
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