Finding God in the ordinary
December 23, 2010
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!"
You know, to be a shepherd in biblical times was not a great job. It was tough! There were cold nights, low wages, and separation from family and friends as they kept watch over those flocks. And because these flocks were near Bethlehem, many Bible scholars believe that these were the sheep raised for temple sacrifices.
And so it was to these shepherds that angels came and announced the birth of the Messiah!
I want you to think with me about the humble circumstances of this announcement. On that very first Christmas, a multitude of heavenly angels sang and were heard by lowly shepherds. What a contrast! On the one hand, we have the heavens resplendent with the glory of God—these beautiful angels singing—and yet on the ground, simple shepherds smelling of sheep.
Isn't it interesting how heaven so often touches earth in the most simple of circumstances? I don't know about you, but in the ordinary things of life, God speaks to me. In the beauty of a child's face or in the glory of a sunrise or a sunset, we can realize that heaven is near and God's message is close. God speaks to us in the midst of our busy lives if we'll just listen.
GOD DOES EXTRAORDINARY THINGS IN THE ORDINARY SITUATIONS OF LIFE. BE READY TO HEAR HIM AT ALL TIMES!
MY GIFT TO YOU!
I sincerely hope you will request my 10-message series called Straight Up, where I tackle 10 tough questions we all face. Like "When Does Life Begin?" and "Can Love Last a Lifetime?", "Can You Trust the Bible?", and "Are All Religions the Same?"
After listening, you'll be more equipped to live a confident life, knowing the truth and trusting the promises of Christ!