Scripture Reading: Luke 2:15-18
The night was dark as shepherds tended to their flocks. Luke 2 gives us no indication that the night was not like any other night, when an angel of the Lord appeared to them near Bethlehem. The night sky was suddenly full of light and excitement. A birth announcement like no other had just been made!
The shepherds had an encounter that would forever change them. My instincts tell me that I may have been too scared to move. However, we see that they sought out what the Lord told them. They hurried off to find Mary and Joseph and the baby boy who was lying in a manger, just as the angels had said.
We can learn from the shepherds’ experience:
- God met them where they were – all they had to do was be where they were supposed to be.
- God gave them detailed instructions – all they had to do was listen.
- God gave them the opportunity to see a miracle up close and personal – all they had to do was go.
The shepherds heard the good news about the birth of the Messiah, and they hurried away to find the Christ child. Do you hurry to the Gospel of Jesus Christ when God speaks? Are we faithful to listen to God’s Word and do as it says without delay?
Prayer: “Father, thank you for meeting me where I am today. Show me the opportunities to see you and give me the courage and strength to hurry to where you want me to be. Amen.”
by Jeremy Sandefur
“And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.”