This post is the first in a series of studies about “Joy”.
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Joy – Day 1
This month we are thinking about joy. A sentiment usually connected with this season. These shepherds who were just doing their regular work were not immediately joyful at seeing an angel! For many of us, anything out of the ordinary fills us with fear. The same happened to these shepherds.
There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks, by night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all people.”
A well known Christmas verse to begin this month thinking about joy. A sentiment usually connected with this season. These shepherds who were just doing their regular work were not immediately joyful at seeing an angel! For many of us, anything out of the ordinary fills us with fear. That is what happened to these shepherds.
I can imagine that they had spent many ordinary nights watching the sheep, and keeping their eyes open for danger, and this night was no different until the heavenly messenger arrived. Suddenly they were wide awake and afraid.
Why would the angel appear to them? They had no idea! Still today, God gives His messages to some of the most unlikely people.
These shepherds didn’t have too much time to think about this one angel, because suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared (verse 13).
Ask yourself today if the Christmas season is one of joy for you. Is it a lonely time because this year has been hard, and someone you love has left the earth?
Does the way you spend Christmas remind you of joyful seasons in your childhood?
What emotions leap into your mind at the thought of Christmas? Happiness? Sadness? Worry about expense? Frustration about choice of gifts? Joy that the Saviour of the world came to earth to live?
Give your emotions to the Lord and ask Him to fill you with supernatural joy.
Read Luke 2 and be blessed by the story of that first Christmas.
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