Advent Week 1, Day 3

Read the scriptures, looking for a treasure verse or phrase you can ponder all day. (You can read all of this week’s scriptures here.)

Psalm 25:1-9

Jeremiah 33:14-16

I Thessalonians 3:12-4:2

Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

Psalm 25:1-5: Verse 4 asks the Lord to teach us his paths. Following his path includes not only following his will in making big decisions but also choosing godly actions and attitudes each day.

Jeremiah 33:14-16: The Righteous Branch is Jesus—a sinless ruler who is descended from David the King.

I Thessalonians 3:12-4:2: These are beautiful prayer verses. Pray them for yourself or a friend.

Luke 21:25-28, 34-36: Are the “cares of this life” weighing you down today (verse 34)? Read I Peter 5:7.

My treasure from today’s reading is the word “hope.”

…The Lord is our Righteousness. (Jeremiah 33:16)
May he, as a result, make your hearts strong, blameless, and holy as you stand before God our Father when our Lord Jesus comes again with all his holy people. Amen. (I Thessalonians 3:13 NLT)
…We urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God… (I Thessalonians 4:1)
Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. (Luke 21:34 NLT)
…All day long I put my hope in you. (Psalm 25:5 NLT)

Lord, you have given me your righteousness and so I do not fear your coming. But I long to become holy and strong, living in a way that pleases you. Protect me from dullness, Lord. Help me to continually put my hope—my certainty—in you.

Photo credit: Amy Mayfield

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