DAY 29 - DECEMBER 24th, 2018

Grace to Know Our Savior

Marshall Strawn

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
— Luke 2:15-19

God is so good, but what happens when His answer is different than our expectation?

I imagine the shepherds had heard of the coming Messiah. They had heard of a future king who would carry the government on His shoulders, whose name would be Prince of Peace, and whose kingdom would reign forever (Isaiah 9). 

So how do you react when an angel of the Lord tells you your long-awaited Savior is a baby who is wrapped up in a onesie and lying in a barn?

Luke 2:15 tells us the shepherds reacted by saying, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem.” Verse 16 says the shepherds went to Jesus in a hurry and searched for Mary, Joseph, and Jesus until they found them. They went to see Jesus as fast as they could. Though their Savior’s coming was different than expected, I believe God gave the shepherds grace to trust what He had spoken to them, and that He filled them with an assurance of the goodness of His plan. Likewise, if we ask, God will give us the grace to trust Him, and He will fill us with hope in His goodness.

Verse 20 wraps it up well, saying, “The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.”

Jesus, you are so good. We trust You; You are our hope. Would You give us the grace to run to You like the shepherds did, to joyfully put our hope in the goodness of Your plan, and to walk through our lives glorifying and praising You? Amen.

Question to Consider:

Describe a time when God came through in a way very differently than you expected.

AdventJocie Morganadvent, 2018