Devotion for Wednesday in the First Week in Advent

Now muster your troops, O daughter of troops;
siege is laid against us;
with a rod they strike the judge of Israel on the cheek.
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days.
Therefore he shall give them up until the time
when she who is in labor has given birth;
then the rest of his brothers shall return
to the people of Israel.
And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great
to the ends of the earth. ~ Micah 5:1-5

God’s planning is amazing! These words from the prophet Micah tell of the Messiah’s being born in Bethlehem and shepherding His flock in the strength of the Lord so God’s people will dwell secure. This prophecy was partially fulfilled when Jesus was born in a manger in Bethlehem and will be completed when He comes again in glory. It took thousands of years for even the first part to be fulfilled, and I’m sure people questioned and doubted—it seemed like it would never happen. But our timing is not God’s, and He is giving men chance after chance after chance to be saved. Pray that all will come to salvation.

Thank You, Lord, that You give Your people opportunity after opportunity to come to You because You don’t want any to perish. I have accepted Jesus as my Savior, so I will be dwelling secure in the new Jerusalem. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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