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Isaiah 7:14 - call him Immanuel

NIV Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

This promise is written over 700 years before it is fulfilled in a manger in Bethlehem. Can you imagine what Isaiah as thinking as he wrote this? Unfortunately, Isaiah never saw the fulfillment of this passage. We get discouraged because we feel that we have a promise from God and after a few weeks nothing has happened. But Christmas is the record of God's faithfulness. Therefore, Advent is the season of waiting for the promises of God. It is in the waiting that our hearing becomes attuned to the voice in the Scripture. Our hunger for God and our yearning for His promises produce in us a passion for our Father's power in the world that we live in. Let this season fuel your soul to hunger and thirst for righteousness, for you shall be filled!

Today's commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, Grace NYC

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