What a wonderful blessing it is to know that our heavenly Father is the ever-present God (Matthew 28:20). There are times in our lives when we feel all alone and think no one cares for us or sees us. As we move slowly through live, as if we are on “automatic pilot,” our daily tasks become so programmed until we take no thought of what is happening in and about us. That is, until a crisis comes. We forget that God sees us, while for others around us it’s business as usual, as they have no clue about us or our crisis. Praise God that He sees us and cares about our crisis. Sometimes when in our crisis, we use all our resources and call out for human help but to no avail. What a wonderful feeling it is to know that God sees us, just as He did Hagar in her wilderness. He sees and hears us, too. He is our “El-Roi,” the God who sees (Genesis 16:13). Our wilderness may not be a desert place. It may be within the walls of our lovely homes or churches. Nevertheless, our Lord hears us as we call upon Him. He comes speedily to our rescue (Psalm 91:15) because He sees us and knows the way we take. If we bow our heads or look up to Him, He inclines His ear unto us, that we might know that He, El-Roi sees us (Psalm 116:2). Just as a loving parent watches a helpless child, God protects and preserves us from danger. This thought should make one cry out, “What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits unto me” (Psalm 116:12-14)? It is indeed a wonderful blessing to be a child of the King. Thank you, Lord!

SCRIPTURE - Matthew 1:18-25

Jesus came into our world to die in our place so that we might be saved. Throughout human history, heaven was God’s dwelling place, and except for a few personal encounters (as with Abraham, Hagar, and Jacob), He seemed far away to most people. Then the Lord came to the Israelites in a pillar of cloud and fire, and later in the tabernacle and temple. But in time, He would do something new and even more remarkable: He would come to earth and live as a man.

Before this God-man was even born, He was given two names. The first one—Immanuel—tells us who He is: “God with us.” This long-awaited Messiah took on human flesh, walked among men, and suffered the weaknesses of humanity. Yet He also displayed the power of almighty God as He healed the sick, cast out demons, calmed the sea, and raised the dead.

The other name He was given—Jesus—means “The Lord is salvation.” This is what He came to do and why He had to become Immanuel: to save us from sin. Since the Father is immortal, He sent His Son to take on a human body and offer Himself as a substitutionary sacrifice for your sins and mine.

What do these two names of Christ mean for you today? Jesus is here, and no sinful habit, painful past, or present struggle is too difficult for Him to overcome.

 

Dr. Charles Stanley

https://www.intouch.org/

When you are living out God's purpose for your life, your attitude towards time will change. You will find that you no longer waste time. We are only given so much time on earth; the average lifespan today is 75 years. We are all running out of time. But if you are operating in your purpose, you are utilizing your time rather than just going through the motions. Your purpose clarifies your use of time. Ephesians 5:16 says: "[Make] the most of time, because the days are evil." We are to redeem, or buy back, our time. We can't reverse the clock, but we can purchase time back. How do we do this? You can change the speed in which you are operating; you can pick up the pace to buy up the time you lost.

When you live out your purpose, you will live with passion. One of the ways you can recognize your purpose is that it will enflame you, ignite you, and stir up your heart. God's purpose for you isn't some dull, empty thing that makes you dread getting up every morning. It is a fire within the soul.

When you are living out your purpose, you will live with direction. Paul said: "I box in such a way, as not beating the air" (1 Corinthians 9:26). In other words, he's not punching at nothing; his efforts are not just for show or out of obligation. Rather, he has direction, clarity, and focus that allow him to strike the target.

 

Dr. Tony Evans

http://tonyevans.org/

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