Use this devo as you are able, in whole or in part. Don’t feel compelled to read it all. Simply read and meditate upon whatever catches your attention. The goal is enjoying time with God through His Word and in prayer. Questions about the devotional elements?

Call to Prayer

“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Ps. 100:1-2)

Scripture Reading

Readings: Psalm 101 + Luke 2:25-35 + 2 Peter 3:8-14

Read the passages above.
Then spend a moment in quiet stillness before God.
(Click on the link to read each of the passages, or turn there in your Bible)

Dwelling…

Re-read 2 Peter 3:8–14. What stands out to you in this passage and why? What questions does it leave you with?

How does your life reflect your belief that Jesus will return? Is it something you think about and long for? If not, why do you think that is?

What do you think of when you hear or read the words “be diligent”? What does it look like for you to be diligent in pursuing holiness and godliness? In what areas do you need to fight and flee from sin? In what areas do you need to cultivate love for God and love for others?

Prayer

Faithful God, in our world, where evil is serious, pain is no illusion, and our guilt is real, open our eyes to see how justice and mercy take the shape of a Savior dying on a cross for us. With Simeon, may all people see that your justice and mercy meet when Jesus is born for our salvation. Amen. (prayer based on the Belgic Confession, Question 20).

*Prayer borrowed from Philip Reinders’ Seeking God’s Face: Praying with the Bible through the Year

Benediction

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.” (Luke 1:68)

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