Devotions

A Long Journey

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“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,” Matthew 2:1

This Christmas many of us will get in our cars and drive long distances to be with our family for Christmas. We are willing to spend hours on the road to spend time with those we love.
We have the use of a GPS, or maps to show us exactly where we are going, and even tell us how much time it will take us to reach our destination.

Think of the Magi as they studied history and astrology and how God revealed to them that the King of the Jews was soon to be born. They saw a star in the heavens and using it as a guide, they set out on their long journey. They didn’t have a map, or a GPS. Because they had to follow the star, they could only travel at night. They had no idea how long the trip would be.

We are not told how long it took them to reach Bethlehem, nor what dangers or trials they faced along the way. We only know that the star guided them and when they reached the house where the Child was, they fell down and worshiped Him, presenting Him with precious gifts.

We have the Scriptures that tell of the soon return of Jesus. We have His Holy Spirit that guides us each day. One day soon, we will see Him return in the clouds. What a wonderful day that will be.

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for the hope you have given us of your soon return. Help us to live each day in expectancy and hope.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

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