In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people.” Luke 2:8-10
So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. Luke 2:16
When it was evening, the disciples came to Him and said, “This place is desolate and the hour is already late; so send the crowds away, that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!” They said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” And He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds, and they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets. There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children. Matthew 14:15-21
Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will also come with you.” They went out and got into the boat; and that night they caught nothing. But when the day was now breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. So Jesus said to them, “Children, you do not have any fish, do you?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch.” So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish. John 21:3-6
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
For the participants of this miraculous birth, there was nothing lowly about it at all. There were God’s marvelous dealings with Mary and Joseph, the amazing appearance of the angelic choir, the triumphant angelic message of the Messiah’s birth, and the startling wonder of what was taking place and where it would all lead. Participating in a supernatural working of God leaves little desire in the hearts of the participants for the glitter, glamour, and glory of mere human celebration. Perhaps our vain pursuits of things that do not last cause us to stay clear of “lowly” things and keep us from being in position to recognize the “towering” things (feeding multitudes and finding a great catch) God is waiting to do through humble servants with meager means.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I look up toward heaven in anticipation of your miraculous provision. In doing so I take my eyes off of earthly glitter, glamour, and glory. I believe that in the midst of the “lowly” you will allow me to join you in the supernatural things you are doing today to bless the world. The good news of great joy is for all the people. My desire is for my life to be used to help others find their way to the Savior. Amen!
Posted on Wed, December 6, 2017
by Ken Hart