Devotion for Saturday after Advent 1

woman hands on bible. she is reading and praying over bible in a dark space over wooden tableIsaiah 11:1-5 (NASB)

1 Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse,
And a branch from his roots will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him,
The spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The spirit of counsel and strength,
The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
3 And He will delight in the fear of the Lord,
And He will not judge by what His eyes see,
Nor make a decision by what His ears hear;
4 But with righteousness He will judge the poor,
And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth;
And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,
And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.
5 Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins,
And faithfulness the belt about His waist.

We get so weary and frustrated seeing the injustice, corruption, and lack of wisdom in the world. Most of us hold politicians in contempt because they know many serve themselves or their personal agendas before they serve the people. Those who make decisions about the lives of other people often make unwise or even evil decisions. God’s promise to send a righteous and faithful judge to slay the wicked gives us hope. But with that hope we have to examine ourselves to see where we will stand on the Day of Judgment: will we be slain with the wicked or saved with the righteous? We know we are not righteous on our own merit—our righteousness comes through Christ.

Lord, thank You that You will make us righteous through the Blood of the Lamb, Your Precious Son, Jesus Christ. Give us love and faith in Him and help us to make Him the center of our lives. In His holy name. Amen.

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