‘…they presented gifts to Him…’ Matthew 2:11 NKJV
In the Christmas story we learn that:
(1) God will use people you don’t know to bless you. The wise men weren’t devout Jews or committed Christians, but Persian stargazers. Don’t be selective; you’ll tie God’s hands. Open your heart and you’ll start seeing Him reaching out to you through the most interesting people.
(2) God will take care of your tomorrows. Joseph and Mary would have to leave home and flee to Egypt. What would they live on? Gold, frankincense and myrrh; gifts only the rich can give. When you’re in the will of God He will provide for you. He may do it through your job or the generosity of others, but He will do it. You don’t have to stay up all night worrying, trying to figure out how to make ends meet. The Psalmist said, ‘I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendents begging bread.’ (Psalm 37:25 NKJV)
(3) God will override the system and get you the help you need. ‘The star guided them to where the young child should be born.’ In the history of the solar system there’s never been anything like it. God moved a star like we move a pawn in a chess game, that’s because He ‘works all things according to the counsel of His will.’ (Ephesians 1:11 NKJV) The story reads: ‘When they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshipped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.’
Quite a story, isn’t it?
SoulFood: Is 7:14, Luke 2:1–20, Mic 5:2–5a, Is 9:6–7
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023