Devotion for Thursday after Advent 1

“The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him. 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.’ The Lord said to me, ‘They have spoken well. 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. 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. ~ Deuteronomy 18:15-19

Moses predicted a prophet like him thousands of years before Jesus came to earth. This prophet will speak God’s words, and for anyone who will not listen God “will require it of him.” The New International Version says God “will call to account” anyone who does not listen. Other translations say “personally hold responsible” or “personally deal with” or “hold accountable.” Whichever version we read, the bottom line is that we have to answer to God for whether or not we listened to Jesus. The Bible tells us that every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. Those who wait until it is required, though, will be dealt with in an eternal lake of fire. Those who bow to Him and confess Him now will spend eternity with the Lord.

Lord God, I bow to Jesus and confess that He is Lord of all. He is my personal Savior and Lord, and He is the Lord of the universe. Thank You that those of us who confess Him now with spend eternity with You. In His name. Amen.

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