Advent Week 2, Day 2

Read today’s scriptures, looking for a treasure to contemplate all day. I especially like beginning the readings with a Psalm. The prayers in Psalms help me to focus on the Lord and quiet my mind. (All of this week’s scriptures are right here.)

Psalm 85:1-13

Isaiah 40:1-11

2 Peter 3:8-14

Mark 1:1-8

Psalm 85: this psalm of lament is a cry for God’s restoration and a declaration of trust in his love and faithfulness.

Isaiah 40: God gave Isaiah a message that he was going to judge his people if they did not repent. This passage assures the people that after a time of judgment, they will be comforted and pardoned.

2 Peter 3:  Our confidence that Jesus will return will refocus our lives.

Mark 1:  Here is another book of the gospels using Isaiah’s prophecy to describe John the Baptist.

Today my treasure word is “revive.”

Won’t you revive us again, so your people can rejoice in you?
Show us your unfailing love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.
I listen carefully to what God the LORD is saying,
for he speaks peace to his faithful people.
But let them not return to their foolish ways. (Psalm 85:6-8 NLT)
Why not help us make a fresh start—a resurrection life?
Then your people will laugh and sing!
Show us how much you love us, GOD!
Give us the salvation we need! (Psalm 85:6-7 Message)
Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. (Isaiah 40:1)
The Lord does not delay [as though He were unable to act] and is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is [extraordinarily] patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
(2 Peter 3:9 Amplified) tells me that “revive” means:

to activate, set in motion, or take up again; renew:
to restore to life or consciousness:
to quicken or renew in the mind; bring back:
to reanimate or cheer (the spirit, heart, etc., or a person).

Oh Lord, revival is exactly what I need today.

Photo Credit: Amy Mayfield

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