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15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. (Luke 2:15-20 ESV)
Last year, I was drawn to a certain Walmart. I walked in and knew immediately I was supposed to pray for a lady I saw. I introduced myself and asked her if she had back pain. She said she’d had chronic back pain for years, and nothing had helped. I prayed a simple prayer, and immediately the pain left her body.
In my shock and disbelief, I was reminded the Bible is filled with stories like this, of the Holy Spirit prompting people to respond and then miracles happen! Some characters that come to mind when thinking about this are the shepherds on that first Christmas night…
The story of the shepherds highlights something really cool. The shepherds heard God speak things that didn’t make logical sense, yet they listened and obeyed. Because of their obedience, God used them in huge ways! Who knows how the story would have gone if they hadn’t listened to the angel or if they wouldn’t have gone to Bethlehem, just because it seemed crazy!
Whenever I’ve had moments like this with God, I’ve felt two distinct feelings —
Humility and worship.
Humility, because I’ve realized these things are outside of my control, and I couldn’t have made them happen.
Worship, for the Person He is and the works He’s capable of!
The fulfillment of His promises and the works of God always lead us to humility and worship.
That’s the way that I felt about the lady being healed in Walmart, and even moreso, I’m sure that was how the shepherds felt when they saw Jesus!
We should be on the lookout for situations like this where we are obedient to the Holy Spirit’s promptings and God’s glory and greatness are revealed to us and others.
Walk through this Christmas season, praying for moments that lead you closer to God and a further realization of how awesome He is! And whether God tells you to go to Walmart or Bethlehem, just do it!
- Why can it be hard to be obedient when we feel God is leading us to something?
- How can you hear God better and in these situations?
- What does it mean to worship God? Is it only singing or something else too?
- What does it mean to be humble before God? How can you know whether you are being humble before Him?
God, we ask You to bring moments into our lives that are so big that they lead us to humility and a desire to worship You. Help us to see You this season and to be radically obedient like the shepherds were.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hi, I’m Ellie. I was born and raised in the Charlotte area. I’ve been on staff with Forest Hill Church for almost 3 years. I started on student staff, and now I work with the new TwentyThirty Ministry. In my free time, I love to be creative, drawing, and playing guitar. I also love to travel, see live shows, hangout with friends and family, drink coffee, and longboard.