So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” (Acts 3:5-6, NKJV) Acts 3 relates the story of Peter and John’s encounter with a lame man sitting at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple. What better place for a beggar to sit as this was the main entrance to the Temple. Many people passed through its portal each day. The beggar hoped some of those entering would…

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost” (Romans 15:13). Has life ever felt without hope? Perhaps you woke this morning struggling with feelings of hopelessness. There is a way out. It sounds simplistic, but our hope comes from God. Job experienced deep despair when he lost his possessions, his children, and his health in just a short span of time. He cried out, “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope” (Job 7:6). His wife…

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6, Holy Bible, King James Version)

Christmas is an exciting time of anticipation. Waiting for family or guests to arrive. Waiting for the perfect time to open gifts. Waiting for dinner to be served. Wait. Wait. Wait.

Imagine hearing this prophecy during Isaiah’s time. What great rejoicing from God’s people that they would be rescued from despair. They waited a week. A month. A year. Ten years, then fifty. One hundred years later, still no savior. It was a long wait.

One day, more than 700 years later, the prophecy became reality when Jesus was born. It was worth the wait.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for fulfilling this promise of a savior, not just for the ancients, but for us now. You are Savior of the world. Amen.

Devotion by Violet Carr Moore