Matthew tells us that the Wise Men of that first Christmas “rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.” When they saw Jesus for the first time, they “fell down and worshiped Him. And when they opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him.”
Two weeks ago, Sotheby’s of New York auctioned a copy of the book of Psalms. The winning bid? $14.2 million—more than anyone, anywhere, has ever paid for a printed book. Kind of gives new insight into 2 Timothy 3:16, doesn’t it? “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” is the New King James Version. What is God’s Word worth to us?
Are you looking forward to Christmas? As we begin Advent, let me encourage you to join me in reading the daily devotions by Janet Denison made available through www.DenisonForum.org. Our friend Janet, always thought-provoking and inspiring, will guide us to the Word of God as we prepare our hearts together.
God speaks to us by the Holy Spirit through His Word—so, if we want to know Him, we need to open the Scriptures and listen carefully! I promise you this: if you will meet God in His Word each day, He will give you what He already knows you need.
Have you ever met anyone named “Haiyan”? And yet, how many times in the last week have you prayed for the people in the Philippines who are suffering from the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan? God has given us an opportunity to call on His name. God has given us an opportunity to give to alleviate human suffering. Haiyan’s tragedy, though not caused by God—can certainly be used by God to reveal His love for people on the other side of the planet. He can also use this tragedy to connect us with His purpose of making Himself known.