When we lift our eyes to the Lord in prayer, we can rest assured we are in the safety of Gods hands. David writes in Psalm 28:2, Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place. We know we are reaching the Most High when we pray to God. There is no where else higher we could possibly go.
God wants us to be honest with Him about our true feelings and needs. In today’s reading, David is not afraid to go from prayer to praise. His feelings are transparent throughout the Psalm. Psalm 54:4 says, Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. Ultimately, David knew God was all he needed. If we let Him, God can be our helper, protector, and friend.
How we may feel about our relationship with God, does not translate to the way God feels about our relationship with Him. In Psalm 31:22 even David shows surprise that God never stop listening to our cries for help even when we may not feel close to Him, In my alarm I said, “I am cut off from your sight!” Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help. He will never stop listening for us.
Today we read about the beginning of Jesus’ ministry according to the Gospel of John. The beauty of Jesus coming to save of is the story each of us share as adopted Children of God. John 1:12 says, Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. As adopted children we all share the same benefits. We are God’s children and we all receive the same inheritance of eternal life with Him.
Hope everyone has a great day of reflection and worship. This is a great day to catch up on reading and spending time with family and friends.
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Today we read what the fuss was all about with the birth of Jesus Christ. While no one knew Jesus was the Messiah at the time, there was very little uncertainty about His power and willingness to help the needy. Mark 1:34 sums it up, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was. Jesus not only healed, but He was strategic about it. He knew that once word got out about His power and willingness to help, it would be nearly impossible to move about freely. Later on we read how difficult it was for Jesus to move about, but it was His compassion and love that drove Him to the people to love and heal them.
There is very little I can say to enhance today’s reading of the Christmas story. Praise be to Jesus and the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Miracles were a part of Jesus’ life from the very beginning. It all started with the Magi coming from the East. How did these men know the Christ was born? Did they even know He was the Messiah? But they showed up anyway through miraculous guidance. Then Herod wanted Jesus dead, but the Magi were warned in a dream not to go back to Herod in order to protect the future Savior of the World. Then Joseph was warned to take his family to Egypt to further protect Jesus from death. God protected the Messiah in miraculous ways and He did it for our benefit. Not just for the obvious reason of protecting our Savior, but also so we would know God’s hand was in it from the beginning. God loves us so much He is willing to move mountains on our behalf. Providing a way to eternal salvation was just the beginning.
This is one of the most telling chapters in the entire Bible confirming the true identity of Christ as the Messiah. When you look at the genealogy of Christ you see it. Matthew 1:17 says, Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ. While this is not the only proof (and there are many), it is one of the most interesting and special parts of the story. It paints a clear picture of God’s perfect plan. When we think our lives make no sense, remember God’s plan is always perfect and we are a part of that plan.
As we approach the last few days before Christmas I thought it would be a good time to begin reading about the birth of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. Today we will begin in Luke 1. For the most part, this is the story of John the Baptist’s birth, but it also talks about Mary and the story of how the angel Gabriel notified her of her role in the birth of Christ. Gabriel’s message required Mary and Elizabeth to have tremendous amounts of faith and obedience. The possibilities surrounding pregnancy of a woman who had been barren her whole like and of a young virgin would obviously require miraculous occurrences. Yet, both women believed and took their roles seriously and with honor. How many of us would be willing to believe the impossible when it comes to God providing for us in miraculous ways?