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Christmas Devotion  #15

We are down to the 15th Christmas devotion of these twenty-five Christmas countdown on-the-go, active, object lesson devotions with Bible verses to help us keep our focus on the true reason for the season! 

Each day snap a photo of each item for a visual and use as a photo challenge on Social Media, or with your family, small group, friends or just for yourself.  It’s a fun way to enjoy the presence of Christ each and every day as we look towards celebrating His birthday! 

Dec. 15th - a Wise man - Matthew 2:9-11

"After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him."

Today think of the wise men and women you know and what makes them wise.  My photo today is of my husband, one of the wisest men I know...and I don't just say that for "brownie points"!

I took the above photo one Christmas when he was about to read the Christmas story to our family.  Think about it...what makes a person wise?

Proverbs 10:9 says - "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."

This verse speaks of fear of the LORD (Jehovah) as that of awe and honor for Who He is.  Knowing the One True God in a personal relationship through His Son, Jesus Christ, and seeking Him makes us wise.

The Magi were wise men not because of all their learning and knowledge, but because they sought the One Who is wisdom.  After speaking to Herod and getting nowhere, they continued the course and followed the star, God's guidance. 

They walked by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)  They didn't know their destination or detailed directions.  They just knew about Who they were seeking, and when they arrived they were overjoyed and they worshiped!

Maybe right now in your life you are seeking direction and wisdom for a decision you have to make.  Life can change courses quite suddenly sometimes and leave us feeling lost.

James 1:5 tells us -

"But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him."

James goes further and speaks about what God's wisdom brings to our lives in James 3:17 -

"But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy."

In my husband I see these characteristics.  In the photo above He has God's Word open in front of him.  This isn't just a Christmas occurrence, it is a daily one for him.  He has an ongoing love relationship with the King of Kings, Jesus Christ.  And because of that, these characteristics James mentions are evident in his life. 

The "wise" people you thought of you see these in them too?

Although the wise men didn't make it for Jesus' birth, they kept seeking until they found the Christ Child.  And when they found Him, they bowed & worshiped! 

As we see wise men in Nativity scenes or sing "We Three Kings" during this season of Christmas, may it remind us of this Christmas devotion and to follow their example - seek Christ, the King of Kings and bow to worship!

Bible Verses About Seeking

Soon after I came to know Christ at the age of 18, a verse about seeking captured my heart and has become what I call - "my life verse."

It's found in Psalm 27:8 -

"When Thou didst say, 'Seek My face,' 

my heart said to Thee -

'Thy face, O LORD, I shall seek.'"

Here are several other verses to continue the thoughts of this Christmas devotion:

Matthew 6:33
"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."

Jeremiah 29:13
"You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart."

Matthew 7:8
"For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened."

Hebrews 11:6
"And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that he rewards those who seek Him."

1 Chronicles 16:11
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!

Psalm 14:2
The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.

2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Psalm 119:2
Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart,

Psalm 105:4
"Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!"

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