Devotion for Monday after Advent 2

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Isaiah 19:19-25 (NASB)

19 In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord near its border. 20 It will become a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the Lord because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Champion, and He will deliver them. 21 Thus the Lord will make Himself known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day. They will even worship with sacrifice and offering, and will make a vow to the Lord and perform it. 22 The Lord will strike Egypt, striking but healing; so they will return to the Lord, and He will respond to them and will heal them. 23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians. 24 In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25 whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”

When the day of the Lord comes, even pagan people will worship the One True God. Ancient enemies will be blessed and worship together. We look forward to that day, but we are also reminded to tell others about the Lord. Perhaps we aren’t called to take God’s Word into dangerous jungles or evil places, but we can share the Lord with family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. We can invite them to worship with us. We may not be able to bring peace to the world, but maybe we can resolve conflicts we have with other people. We look for the coming of the Lord, and one way we can prepare for it is to do our part to bring people together to worship God.

Lord, help us to have the courage, discernment, and wisdom to tell others about You and to bring peace where there is conflict. Prepare our hearts for the day of the Second Coming. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

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