Advent Reading ~In His Word~ 12-19-2020


Advent Reading ~In His Word ~ December 19, 2020

Here we go…6 Days left…but let’s not stop there!

Let us keep praying, let us keep rejoicing in God our Savior even after Christmas!

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”  When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let us see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” Luke 2:13-15

We know the angels came and told the shepherds where to go and they went and found Joseph and Mary and the baby laying in the manger bed. Well, I want to point out that is not where their story ends! They went on to tell people about what had happened, what the angel said, and what they say in this child being just as they said. They were amazed and so were the people they told about Him. The they went back to their jobs and went on with life but they were so happy, so excited and so encouraged because of what had happened to them. They had a life changing situation happen and still had to walk through life.

After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished,  but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them. Luke 2:17-20

Just because God reveals something special to us does not mean we do not still have to live our lives daily working the jobs we are in. When He shows us something amazing on Sunday or on a retreat or camp, it does change us on the inside, but the outer us is what will shine with a difference if we keep our eyes and hearts and ears and minds focused on Him.

Our story does not stop when we get a Word spoken over us, our story does not end when we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, our life continues. We must figure out how to fit God into the spot that we had other things, and that is not always easy. Sometimes we start to forget the good things that God has done, sometimes we start to slack on our prayer time or our study in the Word. God does not slack, and we should not either but in our humanness we do sometimes. When we realize it we need to get back to the Word, get back to prayer or maybe even get back to God Himself! I think that is one reason we remind ourselves with feasts and with holidays and celebrations each week; that we may keep our focus on God our Savior and seek Him as wise men and women should do, daily.

Let us learn from the Shepherds, and not go back to work after Christmas and just go one with life; lets remember and keep talking about all that God has done!  Lets not forget what we went through this year, when things get reopened and life gets a new normal glide going on, let’s remember all that God taught us this year! Share the good things with those you work with, and those you live with. Trust God to not just bring you out but to continue to move you forward in life!

 Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord,    and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. Psalm 37:1-8

Don’t just go back to work, go back with the joy, peace, hope, and love that you received this season, this year. Go back with the faith that God planted in your heart to get through the year, and the excitement that God brought you about the things you learned when you had the time to study the Word this year! Thank Him for the good things He has brought you to as you lived through this year, this season, In His Word. In Jesus’ name…