12/15 Tuesday - Advent Seasonby WCUMC Member on 12/15/20
Today’s Bible verse:
5 "The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. 6 In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteous Savior."
The Lord made many promises to his people. What is a promise? I remember when I was a kid and someone would say, "Will you promise to be my best friend forever and ever. Cross your heart and hope to die?" You really believed that would be forever. A promise is a reason to expect something, it's a pledge. You anticipate that it will happen. You put your trust in that promise. When we promised our parents that we would do our chores, they trusted us to do that. We trusted them when they said they would always love us.
In these verses, the Lord speaks through Jeremiah of the prophecy of the coming Messiah and his characteristics. The people anticipated and trusted in the Lord's promise, not knowing it was in the far-off future. We have the privilege of knowing that the Messiah did come. This has given us many opportunities not only to develop a personal relationship with him but also to serve him.
Pray with us:
Dear Heavenly Father, we give you thanks and praise for promising us a Savior and fulfilling that promise through the birth of a babe in the manger. May we anticipate his birth again during this Advent season and what that will mean to all people. Give us the confidence to keep our promise to love and serve others making this world a better place. In Jesus name. Amen.
(Reflection & Prayer by Pauline Reisberg)