Read the scripture passage through once and then sit silently for one minute. Read the passage a second time and then reflect on the word or phrase that spoke to you.
Devotion: Isaiah writes at a critical time in the history of Judah (the southern kingdom). King Ahaz is torn between remaining a sovereign state or aligning with the Assyrian empire. These words of Isaiah are meant to convey to Ahaz that God is still with Judah and Jerusalem. Immanuel means “God with us.” Not will be with us but is with us.
In households where people are preparing for a child you do things like paint walls, buy furniture, get baby supplies, etc. In other words, you put together a nursery. But you don’t necessarily prepare a place in your heart for the child. Rather a natural bond takes place and that space is created on its own. Unfortunately, Jesus is not one of our natural born children and so for us to receive the gift of Christ we must prepare space for him in our lives. How are your steps going this week in preparing for the hope of the world?
Prayer: Merciful God. I come to confess that I may not have made any room or enough room to receive the gift of Christ in my heart. I ask that you forgive me for being unprepared and pray that your spirit will prompt and empower me to make more space for your gift of hope. In his name I pray. Amen.