Joy In the Morning
God so loved the world that He gave. . . John 3:16
The first lesson from the shepherds teaches you to Be Attentive to what God has called you to do. And when you may least expect it, God will whisper. Be still! Listen! His voice may come in thunder or in a still, small voice, but God speaks to you. He knows you and if you are one of His flock, you will, I promise, recognize His voice.
Lesson 2: Be awed by God’s message to you.
While the shepherds were being attentive to their responsibilities, they were suddenly awed by an angelic announcement. God’s Shekinah glory lights up the dark night sky and causes them to quake in their sandals. I wonder, when was the last time you were in awe? Do you marvel at the Messiah? Has it been a while since you hit your knees before Him?
Lesson 3: Accept the gift of good news.
The shepherds received news about the Gift that still goes on. We know this because in verse 15, they say, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see. . .” They went and saw and then didn’t just go back to the field and pull up a bale of hay and make themselves comfortable. No, they shared God’s good news. The Gift of our Savior must be received in your heart if you want it to be activated in your life. And because of what the Shepherds did with this gift, we too can sing Joy to the World. The Gift: I’m awed and have accepted it.