Advent Devotional Series 2019 – Day 19

Luke 2:8-20 

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth 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 heaven,
    and on earth peace among those whom he favors!’

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

To Marvel at Glory by Mark

I think we often forget to look up and marvel at what is before us. We forget how wonderful and amazing it is that trees grow. We forget to admire the stars and the light that comes to us from millions of billions of light years away. When was the last time you stopped, took in the scene around you, felt human, and also felt God’s glory at what He has made?

The shepherds saw glory and were afraid, which seems like a common reaction today. When we find ourselves with something new we see it as something that could be challenging, or it feels overwhelming and we are unable to process what it could mean. The body is a marvel. Did you know, that if you look at challenges as something to surmount, versus something that could bury you, your body does not perceive that as stress? Instead, it responds with the same reactions when you have feelings of courage. That is AMAZING!

How could we change our view to be more in marvel of the glory we see around us versus ignoring it or being afraid? God puts these moments in front of us so that we can marvel, smile, wonder, be amazed, be surprised, and to know the vastness of His glory.

This season, I pray that we can remember to marvel at the sights in front of us as God’s glorious work.

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