Advent Daybook, 12: The Day of the Lord will come

Advent Daybook, 12: The Day of the Lord will come
“But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”

— 2 Peter 3:8-9 (ESV)

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Advent Daybook, 11: They devise mischief, they will not succeed

Advent Daybook, 11: They devise mischief, they will not succeed
“Your hand will find out all your enemies; your right hand will find out those who hate you. You will make them as a blazing oven when you appear. The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath, and fire will consume them. You will destroy their descendants from the earth, and their offspring from among the children of man.

Though they plan evil against you, though they devise mischief, they will not succeed. For you will put them to flight; you will aim at their faces with your bows.”

— Psalm 21:8-12 (ESV)

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Advent Daybook, 10: I will open rivers for the poor and needy

Advent Daybook, 10: I will open rivers for the poor and needy
“When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them; I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys. I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.

I will put in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive. I will set in the desert the cypress, the plane and the pine together, that they may see and know, may consider and understand together, that the hand of the Lord has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it.”

— Isaiah 41:17-20 (ESV)

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Advent Daybook, 9: Every house is shut up so that none can enter

Advent Daybook, 9: Every house is shut up so that none can enter
“The wasted city is broken down;
every house is shut up so that none can enter.
There is an outcry in the streets for lack of wine;
all joy has grown dark;
the gladness of the earth is banished. 
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But there are some who will break into glad song.
Out of the west they’ll shout of God’s majesty.
Yes, from the east God’s glory will ascend.”

— Isaiah 24:10-11, 14-15a

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Advent Daybook, 8: They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain

Advent Daybook, 8: They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain
“The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them.

The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den.

They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.
 

— Isaiah 11:6-10 (ESV)

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