Advent & Christmastide Devotional
Week 2: Hope Day 9

Mon, Dec 11

Invitation – Isaiah 9:2

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.

Scripture Reading – Genesis 3:14-15

The Lord God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

Dwelling

What does this passage awaken in you? Stop and ask God about the response this passage has caused in you. Ask him to help you as you explore your emotions, doubts, concerns, and fears. Let God’s Holy Spirit assure you of the truth.

Guided Prayer

  • Look forward in hope to the offspring that will bruise the serpent’s head.
  • Express gratitude for God’s promise amidst our rebellion.

Confessional Prayer – BHC 17

LORD God,

When we had rejected your wisdom, taken our lives in our own hands, and run from you in fear, you sought us out. In your divine wisdom, you confronted us with truth. In your divine goodness, you comforted us with the hope of triumph over our deceiver. LORD, you truly are abounding in steadfast love, and it is marvelous in our eyes. Amen.

Blessing – Lamentations 3:22-24

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”