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; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12
Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you. James 4:10
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippines 1:6
Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, and declare in the coastlands afar off, and say, “He who scattered Israel will gather him and keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock. For the LORD has ransomed Jacob and redeemed him from the hand of him who was stronger than he. They will come and shout for joy on the height of Zion, and they will be radiant over the bounty of the LORD--over the grain and the new wine and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; and their life will be like a watered garden, and they will never languish again. Then the virgin will rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old, together, for I will turn their mourning into joy and will comfort them and give them joy for their sorrow. I will fill the soul of the priests with abundance, and My people will be satisfied with My goodness,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 31:10-14
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
We all have things in our lives that are less than we would like them to be; things that are weak, broken, disappointing, etc. As we learn the lesson that there is “more” to these things than we see them to be, we are beginning to reckon with God’s transforming presence. He is the “more” we are learning to count on and it is in these “lowly” things of life that He shows up. Perhaps this is because he uses the “lowly” to “lower” us so that we are in a position to recognize His transforming presence. When we begin to see God at work in the “lowly” things of our lives we are blessed and it is only the beginning. The Scriptures say, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.” It also says, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, what a lowly beginning: a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manager. What an amazing outcome: a Savior who provides redemption for the world. Thank you for redeeming me. Truly, you have turned my mourning and sorrow into joy through the comfort of your forgiveness. From the lowly place of separation from you, you have exalted me by lifting me up into your transforming presence. I am forever blessed. Amen!
Posted on Thu, December 7, 2017
by Ken Hart