December 19, 2000

Devotional from Jan Ross



Tuesday, December 19, 2000
"I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there
shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel . . . " (Numbers 24:17)  ---  "When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy."  (Matthew 2:10)

Today's Thought
So numerous are the Old Testament prophecies foretelling the coming of the Messiah . . .
The "Star" figuratively pointed to the coming of the "Messiah" . . . is it
no wonder that the Matthew account of the birth of the Messiah ascribes
"Joy" to its appearance! Those who saw the new "Star" in the heavenlies
realized that the "Joy" of Israel had been born to a virgin as prophesied
so many years earlier . . . the Saviour Redeemer for Whom they had waited so long in anticipation of His appearing.
That "Star" still shines brightly in the lives of all the redeemed and fills hearts with "exceeding great joy" even today! As the Wise Men of old
sought Him by following the sign in the heavenlies, so do men today still
seek a "Star" looking for signs everywhere.
"Star of wonder, Star of might! Star of royal beauty bright! Westward
leading, still proceeding! Guide us by Thy Perfect Light!"
There is a popular phrase that is found on bumper stickers, notecards,
etc., "Wise Men Still Seek Him". The question is . . . will they find Him
in you?

Today's Prayer
Father, the story of the miraculous birth of the Messiah never grows old,
just as the "Star" has never grown dim. Lord, purge me of all things that
would hinder Your light from shining brightly in me so I become transparent
and those who see me would behold nothing less than the brightness of Your Glory.
Shine on, Light of the World . . . shine on in me! Amen!

Have a blessed day!

Devotional from Shenna Cherry




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