Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Profound Shift

Scripture: Luke 2:7
And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.

Insights: Today’s verse gives us another one of those amazing truths regarding God’s character.  We go through this world and face all kinds of obstacles and situations.  While we are going through these opportunities it might feel as if God is absent or possibly uncaring.  Then, often times, when it seems as if things could not possibly get any worse, God shows up suddenly and unexpectedly and astonishes us with His power, provision and grace.  Think about Joseph for a moment.  He spent years in slavery and prison and on a given day, when he was about his normal routines in the prison, he is called before the Pharaoh to interpret his dream.  He goes from last place to the second most powerful man in all of Egypt.  Think also for a moment about Mary and Martha when their brother was sick.  They sent word to Jesus (God if you will) and asked Him to heal their brother whom Jesus loves.  Instead of rushing to their need Jesus heads the other direction as if He does not really care about their pain and suffering.  Unbeknownst to Mary and Martha, Jesus shows up after Lazarus has been dead for four days.  He unexpectedly caught them unaware of what God was going to do in the middle of their lives…in the middle of their pain and suffering.  Beloved, God still works like this today.  He suddenly showed up to the world when He sent His angel to proclaim to the shepherds about Jesus.  His glory resonated throughout the hillside and it radically affected those shepherds.  No matter what you are facing, whether the mundane routine of life or a tragic event, God wants to intervene and make His power and glory known in your life.  I pray you will humble yourself before this mighty God we serve and be completely swept off your feet as He displays His great power and glory in your life.

  1. In what ways is the Lord God catching you unaware of His majestic glory?
  2. Are you grateful for God’s sudden activity in your life?

Prayer: Father, You constantly amaze and wow me with Your agenda and plans.  You continually catch me unaware of Your activity in this world.  Lord, let me cry out to You now and ask for Your continual sudden activity in my life.  Continue, I beg to catch me in awe of Your grace and glory.  Amen.

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