Encouragement for Today - Dec. 7, 2007
December 7, 2007
Don’t Miss Him!
“We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6:69 (NIV)
I remember reading an account of the Christmas story that focused on all the people who came in contact with that young couple searching for a place to stay—the busy townspeople dealing with the crowds, the innkeeper too busy counting his money and taking care of guests to be bothered for long, the other travelers worried about where they would sleep. The author pointed out that so many of us still make the same mistake of rushing past the drama that unfolded in a forgotten corner of
There are only a few people mentioned in the Christmas story, yet we know that the city was filled to bursting with travelers and citizens. There was no lack of folks there who could have welcomed the Christ child. They just didn’t stop long enough to look for Him. Though He was right under their noses, they scurried right past Him. I often wonder if those who were there that night later told the story down through the ages, “I was in
And yet, how many of us say the very same thing about Jesus, even now? If only we had more time. If only we had more money and didn’t have to work so hard. If only we weren’t so busy. “Then Jesus,” we say, “Then I would be able to really know You. Instead, I race past You, unaware. And I lose out on the opportunity to see You in the process, to touch You. To know what it means to utter” Immanuel, God with us. God with me.”
Don’t miss Jesus this year in all your busyness. Don’t be like the busy citizens of
Dear Lord, Right now I am stopping to tell You that I do not want to miss You. I am committing to look for You everywhere instead of rushing right past You. I want to know You intimately. Thank You for coming to earth back then, and thank You for coming into my heart and life now. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
A Recipe for Christmas Joy, E-book by Marybeth Whalen
Celebrating a Christ-Centered Christmas by Sharon Jaynes
Today, determine to find an instance that you clearly see Jesus. Write it down and remember to thank Him for being the God who is near.
Is there something you need to lay down this Christmas so that you can better focus on Christ? What will that look like in your life?
Do you need to spend time praying over this issue - asking Jesus to give you discernment, strength and wisdom?
Philippians 3:8, “What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish that I may gain Christ.” (NIV)
John 10:14, “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.” (NIV)
II Peter 3:18, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.” (NIV)
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