E100 Devotion – Day 53June 27, 2012
Reading: Luke 2:1-40
God’s timing is perfect, on earth and in heaven. They were doing a worldwide census – or taking a literal count of the people – the day Jesus Christ was born in Jerusalem which is why there was no room in the Inn. This assured there would be a record authenticating Christ’s birth and existence.
At the same time, the Angels are heralding His arrival saying that the sign of His coming would be that He was a baby wrapped in swaddling clothing in a manger. The glory of God shone and a multitude of heavenly host appeared singing praises to God, proclaiming peace on earth and goodwill toward men.
What better company for the Great Shepherd’s first day than shepherds? The shepherds were the ones chosen to tell of this supernatural event and good news. Jesus was born in the city of another great shepherd who had become king – David.
Jesus is confirmed again by Simeon who had been told by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he saw the Messiah. He was led by the Spirit into the temple at the very time when Jesus was being presented (dedicated) to the Lord. Simeon prophesies that Jesus was a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles and glory to the people of Israel; Jesus would be spoken against and a sword would pierce through Mary’s soul too.
Anna, an aged prophetess, also appears at that very instant thanking God and confirming that Jesus was the one who would bring redemption in Jerusalem. It makes you wonder what might have been affected if they didn’t have time for God? When would Jesus have grown strong in spirit, and increased in wisdom and grace?
It took time for Jesus to grow up. Even the supernatural had a schedule. We must take the time we need to grow up both spiritually and in the natural. Making time with God, our first priority, keeps us on time. Destiny confirmation and prophetic development wait for us in God’s time, not ours.
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