Devotion for Thursday after Advent 1

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Deuteronomy 18:15-19 (NASB)
15 “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him. 16 This is according to all that you asked of the Lord your God in Horeb on the day of the assembly, saying, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, let me not see this great fire anymore, or I will die.’ 17 The Lord said to me, ‘They have spoken well. 18 I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19 It shall come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him.

God has been telling His people about the Messiah since Moses’ last message at the end of his life. When “that prophet” is mentioned in the New Testament, the people knew that God had promised a prophet 1500 years ago. His people had been waiting all that time for the fulfillment of the promise. Jesus has promised that He is coming again. We can count on that with the same certainty that the Jews anticipated the Messiah. We don’t know when it will happen, but we know it will happen—in God’s time. We must be ready when it happens, whether it’s tomorrow, decades from now, or eons away.

Lord, we look for Jesus to come back. Help us to stay focused and alert, ready for that glorious moment no matter when it comes. In the name of Jesus, our Lord, Who is coming again in glory. Amen.

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