Look for a verse or phrase to treasure as you read today’s scriptures. They’re all here.
I Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 18-28
Psalm 126: This psalm of lament remembers a former time of God’s mercy, and calls out to him to once again deliver his people.
Isaiah 61: When Jesus quoted these verses in Luke 4:18-19, he did not use the phrases about the day of God’s vengeance. This is an example of a prophecy that includes details of Jesus’ first and second coming.
I Thessalonians 5: Paul urges his readers to live holy lives, and reassures them that God will produce holiness within them. It is God’s faithfulness that we depend on, not our own efforts to be blameless.
John 1: I know we are reading about John the Baptist over and over again. In Advent, we remember people who waited for Jesus, and John was, in some ways, the last of those people. It was his job to point out the Messiah and proclaim that the waiting was over.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (I Thessalonians 5:15-18)
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God,
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness… (Isaiah 61:10)
The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad. (Psalm 126:3)
Lord, you call me to rejoice always. My Bible study teacher says this means to “enjoy Jesus.” Please show me how to do that today, in the midst of Advent. I am having a hard time finding a moment alone with you. Please remind me that you walk with me through it all. When the day seems dark and it is hard to praise you, I thank you for your presence and your gift of salvation. I look back at previous seasons of blessing, and I trust that I will again greatly rejoice in you.
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