It is second day of advent and are taking a read through Luke 2 and the song Angels We Have Herd On High simply focused around the birth of Chirst. The chapter is self explanitory as it says about angels that are actually there! you can see them! The Angel that was sent had appeared to the sheperds attending thier flock in the feilds to let them know of this very important event taking place. A once in a life time thing that will change the world forever.
God was very pleased and happy and excited as well as the angels, seeing the people that gathered far and near giving glory and glory to God in the highest. Animals had even joined in too, after Mary and Joseph didn't have a place to stay other than a stable.
13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in highest heaven,
and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
15When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.
17After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child.
The reading/devotional thought below has some questions, take some time to think about them or jot down if your the forgetful type.
Angels we have on heard high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains
Gloria in Excelsis Deo
What inspires awe in you? What things cause you to become speechless when you see them? Is it the sight of a family member you haven’t seen in years? Is it visiting a majestic place like a mountain or a historical place like the ancient pyramids of Egypt? The night Christ was born was the most monumental and awe-inspiring event that has ever occurred in human history, as God sent His one and only Son to earth so that we could ultimately have eternal life. There has not been an event in history before or after Christ’s birth that resulted in such celebration that the angels themselves made their physical presence known and their voices heard in song. Can you imagine how the shepherds’ jaws must have dropped at the sight and sounds of the angels? That moment was so majestic that we probably cannot fully comprehend what it was like because honestly, none of us have encountered such a sight.
It seems like people tend to have fewer experiences these days of complete awe. Technology has brought so much of the world to our living rooms and fingertips that we can see anything we want and feel like we are anywhere we want to be. Unfortunately, most of us probably have fewer awe-inspiring moments with God than we should. Our relationship with Him often becomes too comfortable and even ordinary. This Christmas, make an attempt to regain those awe-inspiring moments with God. Strive to make your relationship with Him something so inspiring that it causes you to rejoice like the angels did. Don’t let your relationship with Him be ordinary, but rather make it extraordinary.
Think about some awe-inspiring moments you’ve had with God. How have these moments transformed you?
What changes do you need to make in your life so that you can start having more awe-inspiring moments with God?
I think some awe inspiring moments in my life when I feel sucessful at things, when I'm encouraged by the friends and family in your life that want to see you achieve. Doing what God calls you to do! seeing people come to Christ, youth group has been a big part and awesome inspiration of my life and has helped me bring that leadership out in me that God has placed. There's times I've been lost in the moment of worship at home or Youth Explosion/YC, sometimes church where nothing else matters at tht moment but God. There's other things that are inspirational, but those are afew that are most important to me.
I think getting into God's word more can bring even more awe-inspiring moments with God. Sometimes it's hard to find that inspriational thought when you feel discouraged with challenges. I think also trying to find ways to be closer to God and just seek Him always. I am a Christian, was born again at about age 13 and had been going to church always. Never turning my back on God no no, I havn't been at church for a little bit from some hard trials over the summer in my life this year. Sometime I need to get back in the pattern of going to church every Sunday instead of alittle.
I know that one of my awesome-God moments somewhat recently was seeing the Northern Lights and enjoying the miracles that God puts up in the heavens for us to enjoy. Also, being a part of Youth Explosion this year seemed sweeter than ever as I too, have had some struggles this summer.
Glory to God in the Highest as He has done amazing, great and wonderful things. I just need to remember to take time to enjoy them.