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Anchor Devotional - 12.02.16


A voice of one calling: "In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God."

Isaiah 40:3

Isaiah’s prophecy about John the Baptist who would herald the coming Savior begins, “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God” (v. 1). Long- awaited comfort would come! With the language of straightening crooked paths and leveling rugged hills came thoughts of relief ahead.

In Isaiah’s time when royalty planned to visit a distant place in the realm, crews were sent out to make the roads suitable for travel. Boulders may have to be moved; scrub brush or trees blocking access may have to be cut. The crew made the roadway as smooth as possible for the comfort of the visiting king.

God chose John to prepare the way for Jesus. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem gathered to hear what he had to say. And John’s word was a strong word, indeed, urging people to repent and do right. The people had been waiting expectantly, and now John boldly proclaimed that One far greater than he was coming.

In your own heart and throughout this month, make way for the coming King, and see how He brings comfort and hope!

Scripture Focus

Luke 3:1-20

Insight

“The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all mankind will see God’s salvation.” (Luke 3:5b-6)

Read the Bible

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