Advent 2016 – Day 14

Are you enjoying this series of Advent devotionals on “Thanking Jesus”? Which message has impacted you most?

Isaiah wrote the longest book of prophecy in the Old Testament. Year after year, he passed along messages and visions he received from the Lord. Whenever I think of Isaiah, my dad comes to mind. Both of these godly men ministered faithfully before the Lord for over half a century.

Isaiah’s messages warned of judgment for sin, but they also included descriptions of a Savior. In Isaiah 25:1, Isaiah prays, “O Lord, I will honor and praise your name, for You are my God. You do such wonderful things! You planned them long ago, and now you have accomplished them.”

Hundreds of years before Jesus ever came to a manger in Bethlehem, God had planned every detail of that birth narrative. Isaiah spoke of a virgin giving birth, a savior who would one day be called King of Kings, a light onto the Gentiles, and much more. Today, we can read the gospel accounts and see how God accomplished every one of those prophetic events.

God still does wonderful things. He has a design for each of our lives too (Ps. 139:16), a design that he planned long before we were born. Pause today and reflect on how God has led you to this point in time. Can you join Isaiah and offer Him honor and praise for what He has accomplished in your life?


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