The Gift of His Presence

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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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 his 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 that He isn't there at all. We mistake our man-made glory for the real thing. I'm finding that God shows up in the quiet moments of desperation; in the middle of bareness; 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. Light would dawn on those living in the land of the shadow of death. That's where He chooses to shine His glory, right in the middle of our darkest and bleakest moments in life.

This Christmas season may the glory of the Lord shine upon you. May His presence and countenance rest upon you and your house.

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