Devotion for Tuesday after Advent 3

White woman crossing herself in a church aisle. Senior man sitting in pew.Micah 5:2 (NASB)
But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.
His goings forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity.

From the beginning, God planned for Jesus to be born in the insignificant little village of Bethlehem. God knew that man would not use his freedom wisely but instead would rebel against his Creator, fall into sin, and need redemption. He planned that redemption in the person of Jesus Christ “from the days of eternity,” and when the time was right, God carried out His plan, His promise of salvation. He used what was tiny and unimportant in the eyes of the world to accomplish His great purpose. He always carries out His plan and fulfills His promises—Jesus will come again at a time we don’t expect. God uses what is small and unvalued in the world—Bethlehem, you, and me—to accomplish His purposes. We are called to be ready for Jesus’ return and to tell others about Jesus.

Lord, we are small and insignificant in the eyes of the world, but to You we are of ultimate worth and value. Thank You for loving us so much that You sent Jesus to live and die on earth for our salvation and that He will come again to take us to Heaven. Ready us, merciful Lord, for that great day. In His name. Amen.

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