"Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you." - Proverbs 4:25
How easy is it for our minds to wander? We start out focused and intent on our day, then life happens. It's just too easy sometimes to be pulled along the current of our worlds into constant distraction. Choose today to be focused, even if only for a while, on God and his direction. You'll have a better day for it.
"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." - John 1:5
In our simple world, we are easily overcome. It could be that we run out of time, or the traffic lights don't help us any, or our friends don't understand us. Jesus is never overcome. He chases away any darkness he sees. Spend some time in the light today, and let God overcome your problems.
"Lift up your eyes all around, and see; they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be carried on the hip." - Isaiah 60:4
Every day dawns for us to see it. To experience it in all its fullness for believers, it's a day of promise. It's OUR promise to become closer to our Lord and to experience him more. Make today special by looking for God's presence around you rather than looking at the presents he has given you.
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons." - Galatians 4:4-5
God sent Jesus, at just the right time, to the people who needed him most. He sent him to fulfill everything God had planned to make us one with him again. He sent him to make us all one family. This just the first part though. More is coming. Are you ready for it?
"Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts." - Acts 2:46
Who doesn't like a good meal? We all have to eat, but those times become special when we share food with our friends and families. Take some time to spend with the people around you who matter most. It's a Christian tradition.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." - 2 Corinthians 5:17
Some people think of Jesus as the person who made them worth something. He's the one who came in and changed them. He made up the difference between their sin and God's expectations of them. I choose to believe that Jesus reveals what God intended for us and that possible through his sacrifice. Which do you believe?
"Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him." - Matthew 2:2
Though we celebrate the birth of Jesus on one day a year, the impact of his coming fills the rest of our days. Take some time today to count yourself among the wise men who searched for him long ago and seek him out.
"Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!" - Psalm 98:4
This song has been sung for years. Generations have used it as a musical sign of an inward feeling. Joy fills the world under the coming of Christ in our lives. When next you sing this song, remember your joy at knowing your Savior for the first time. Be filled with that first wonder and remember the promise of his second return.
"And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." - Isaiah 9:6b
Sometimes we feel alone in our pain and suffering. We feel like all those tears we shed come out in private for no one to know. But, God knows. He keeps track of them and records them in his book.. Not to shame us, but to make everything right one day.
"The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land." - Jeremiah 23;5
Before Jesus was born, people looked for his coming. They needed hope in their lives. The needed justice and the promise of making things right. We still need that today. That's why part of the season we celebrate looks for Jesus' return. Are you looking forward to that?
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