God's Glory Shows Up Where You Least Expect It

Friday, December 13, 2013

Bethlehem star
When Christ was born his birth announcement came in the least likely of places--out in a field to a bunch of simple shepherds in the middle of the night. I'm sure this surprised everybody, especially the shepherds. I imagine the religious leaders had been preparing the people to look for the Messiah's anticipated arrival. They probably were expecting it to happen in a very public way for all to see, perhaps in the temple or at the home of the High Priest. They missed it because they were looking for his arrival in all the wrong places. The glory of the Lord was revealed far away from the lights and the crowds.

Where are you looking for His glory in your life? The Church is feverishly looking for him to show up in the midst of our carefully choreographed worship services, skillfully articulated sermons and our spectacular revivals. I wonder sometimes if we are not much different than the religious leaders back then. I fear that we get so caught up in creating an atmosphere for his glory to appear that we don't realize he isn't there. We mistake our glory for the real thing. I'm finding that God shows up in the quiet moments of desperation; in the middle of bareness, and in our darkest moments just like he did at his birth. Isaiah 9 prophesied that the people walking in darkness would see a great light and that light would dawn on those living in the land of the shadow of death. That is where God chooses to shine his glory--where it's dark and lonely, not among the lights and the crowd.

May the glory of the Lord shine upon the dark places in your life--the places that lack beauty and glory. That is where he shows up so he can shine his light there and bring the beauty of his glory. May his presence and countenance rest upon you and your house this Christmas season.

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