During the Advent season, today’s devotion is based on Isaiah 7:14b, “Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call his name Immanuel.”
As Christians living in these end times, we know God has already redeemed us through his Son, who was born of the virgin, as Isaiah prophesied. Like King Ahaz, our faith can grow weak when we do not trust entirely in God. Our hope is found by way of the cross. Through Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection, he has won for us new life in him. We have hope in our own sufferings because we know that through them, God is with us and for us and will be to the very end of the age.
Please pray with me, Merciful God; grant us the faith to trust in your promises and cling to you in hope. Help us along life’s way, especially when we are suffering. Grow our faith in you so we can remain firmly grafted in your love now and in eternity. Through Christ, our Lord, Amen.