December 21: Prepare (Advent 2014 Devotional)

Matthew 2:7-9 Then Herod secretly called for the magi and found out from them the time when the star had first appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search carefully for the child. When you’ve found him, report to me so that I too may go and honor him.” When they heard the king, they went; and look, the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stood over the place where the child was.

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King Herod obviously has ulterior motives when he calls the magi back to his presence in secret. What he did not know is that God was using this time to fulfill his plan of the magi visiting the baby Jesus. Herod could have easily said they could not pass through; he could even have tried to stop them from going further. But Herod allowed them.

Little did Herod know that God was moving and using the situation and the people. Which brings us to today’s thought. Where can you see God working in your life today? Do you realize that God is working in you and through you? There are people  whom you interact with that God knows you are the right person for the task, even if you do not believe in God.

Our challenge today, and really everyday, is to be open to how God is leading. Many times we will not know or see God working, but he is. He is using ordinary people in ordinary ways to show the extraordinary. God is working through you.

Lord, thank you for choosing to work through us. Help us to see your work and give you glory. Come, Lord Jesus! Amen.

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Ryan Stratton

Ryan Stratton is a pastor in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He serves with his wife, Amanda, along with their children. He writes about life, faith, and leadership through his blog.

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