Devotion for Wednesday after Advent 3

Then the Lord spoke again to Ahaz, saying, “Ask a sign for yourself from the Lord your God; make it deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the Lord!” Then he said, “Listen now, O house of David! Is it too slight a thing for you to try the patience of men, that you will try the patience of my God as well? Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.” ~ Isaiah 7:10-14

Just as the angel told Mary that she would bear a child even though she was a virgin, He had told His prophets centuries before. He even gave them the name: Immanuel, which means God with us. Jesus was Immanuel because He was God with us on earth as a human just like us. In the same way, God has told us what will happen in the future: Jesus will come again.

Lord, You tell Your people what will happen, and You have told us that Jesus is coming again. When He ascended into heaven, two angels told His disciples that He would come in the same way—in the clouds. You haven’t told us the day or the time—even Jesus doesn’t know, so we need to be ready all the time. Keep me from distractions that would keep me from being ready. Help me remember and understand that nothing is as important as being ready—whether You take me at the end of my own life or Jesus comes while I’m still on earth. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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