Advent Week 3, Day 3

As you read, choose a verse or phrase to carry with you all day long. If you’ve joined our facebook group (Light for a Dark Season Discussion Group), share it with us!

Isaiah 12 This is our psalm today, a song of praise and thanksgiving. You can read all the scriptures right here

Zephaniah 3:14-18

Philippians 4:4-7

Luke 3:10-18

Notes

Isaiah 12:  The “wells of salvation” are “endless supplies of salvation, richly enjoyed.” (I find helpful information like this in my ESV Study Bible.)

Zephaniah 3:  Zephaniah the prophet called the Jewish people to return to their covenant-keeping God who longed to bless them, but could not tolerate their ongoing rebellion.

Philippians 4:  These verses show us a connection between giving thanks and experiencing peace.

Luke 3:  John the Baptist spoke these verses, urging repentance and proclaiming that a mightier prophet would appear soon.

Today my treasure is “peace.”

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7 NLT)
Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the Lord God is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation. (Isaiah 12:2)
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)

Lord, I confess that sometimes when I read Philippians 4, I am a little cynical and I want to tell the Apostle Paul that life is not that simple—“Just don’t worry! Just pray and everything will be peaceful!” But then I remember that Paul wrote this from prison, where he was awaiting his trial and execution. And I remember that your Holy Spirit lives in me, as he did in Paul. Your Spirit will enable me to see that you are my strength and my song. I trust that you will calm my fears with your love.

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