Devotion for the Fourth Sunday in Advent

PrayerIsaiah 7:10-16 (NASB)
10 Then the Lord spoke again to Ahaz, saying, 11 “Ask a sign for yourself from the Lord your God; make it deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” 12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the Lord!” 13 Then he said, “Listen now, O house of David! Is it too slight a thing for you to try the patience of men, that you will try the patience of my God as well? 14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. 15 He will eat curds and honey at the time He knows enough to refuse evil and choose good. 16 For before the boy will know enough to refuse evil and choose good, the land whose two kings you dread will be forsaken.


God told His people that Jesus would be born to a virgin—the prophesy was made hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus. God knew His children would take advantage of the free will He gave them to sin and become separated from Him. He had a plan for salvation before He even made Adam and Eve.


Lord, You are almighty and all powerful, but You are also merciful. So merciful, in fact, that You sent Your own Son to be born as a babe, live as a man, and die for our sins. Thank You, Lord. Help me to realize the length and width and depth of Your love. In Jesus’s name. Amen.


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