“And, there were shepherds, staying in the field.” (Luke 2:8)
Of all people for God to make the first announcement of the birth of His Son to, He chose shepherds. God by-passed kings, politicians, armies, financiers, ‘celebrities’ (all of whom are acclaimed in our modern society) and sent an angel to a mixture of men staying out at night, away from all the comforts of home, looking after sheep (not even the more valuable cows!). As they sat, they were only waiting for the cold night to pass. They were not expecting anything. Imagine their shock and fear as an angel in full glory appeared to them. As the announcement of Christ’s birth was made, they were not told to seek Him, but only where they should find Him. We are not ordered to seek, but if we do seek, we shall find. One angel was then joined with vast numbers of others, all praising God. It was amazing that no-one else seemed to hear, or see it. Once the angels had left, the shepherds left all that they were doing to go and find Christ. They didn’t wait to see if the angels may return, but went quickly, without delay, to Bethlehem. This was their priority and once they had found what they were looking for, they were not disappointed. It was as it had been told them (v.20). All expectation was exceeded and they shared it with others. Does the wonder of Christ cause us up to rise up quickly and see it all for ourselves? Or, are we content to remain in that which is familiar?
PRAYER :- “Lord, help me to rise up and respond by going to where I am told You will be.”