“And this will be a sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloth and lying in a feeding trough.” Luke 2:12
God always gives a sign for those seeking him. Like the young shepherds, a sign is given but a search is needed.
“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but to search out a matter is the glory of kings.” (Proverbs 25:2)
For when we discover we find God in a matter, or discover some hidden meaning to life, then the revelation is something we will carry forever.
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things reveled belong to us and to our sons forever that we may observe the ways of God.” (Deuteronomy 29:29)
When the shepherds were given a clue to a mystery, it required stopping from their work and devoting a segment of time to following the sign to the place of discovery.
Do you remember when you discovered God loves you and Christ came to make a way home? Was the joy more wonderful than anything you had ever known?
Something led you to that place of discovering him. You may not have recognized it at the time, but there were signs along the way to lead you to that place.
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.” (John 6:44)
Just like the shepherds searching for the newborn King, God seeks us out, gives us signs and leads us to a place we would have considered going. An unusual place where new life with one too small and weak to help himself. How strange for God to choose to display His splendor in someone so small. But the way we see things is not the way God sees them.
Who would have thought that the sign to find the King of the Universe would be a baby wrapped in burial linens, lying in a feeding trough.God’s ways of thinking about matters are not our way of thinking. Higher than the heaven are his ways than ours. At first it makes little sense to us. So he leaves a trail of unusual signs for us to follow to find His one and only son. In the seeking, we discover the Promised One, the only one who is stronger than sin, who began there on a bed of straw, and because of this we are forever changed.
The Bread of Heaven gave us a sign about himself, he laid in a feeding trough so we could begin to understand.
Today, as you make final preparations for family and friends, look for the signs he has left for you to discover. He wants to fill you anew with awe and great joy.
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