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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Today's Verse : Matthew 2:6


December 20, 2011

[As the prophet has written:] "But you, Bethlehem, in the land
of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out
of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people
-- Matthew 2:6
The birth of Jesus at Bethlehem is no accident. The Almighty God
had foretold this many years earlier through his prophets. Even
Herod's religious lackeys could determine that the Messiah was to
be born in the quaint old city of David. The human birth of the
promised Messiah would occur in the city of Israel's great King,
poet, and shepherd. This was God's plan. It is also a reminder that
God keeps his word and fulfills his promises.
Loving God, I find it hard to complete my plans and fulfill my
promises. This makes the unfolding of your plans, foretold
throughout the winding story of the Old Testament, so amazing to
me. Please use your Spirit to remind me during the darker moments
of my soul that you do fulfill your promises and will bring your
deliverance right on time. Please give me patience to wait
faithfully, and to live courageously, for your salvation to be
fully revealed. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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