Worshipping the Wonderful One

 Worshipping the Wonderful One

By, Wendy M.

“Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?”  (Judges 13:18)

I never thought of going to the book of Judges for a Christmas devotional, but when I began a study on the word “wonderful” in Scripture, this was the first passage in the Word in which the word wonderful appeared. Yes, the Word appeared to a man and his wife who had been barren and were told that they would have a son who would be set apart for a special purpose.

And He did wonders before their eyes. And they wondered why He did not kill them once they recognized in Whose presence they had been.

The Hebrew word translated as wonderful signifies that which is incomprensible, marvelous, surpassing, extraordinary, difficult to understand, separate or distinct.

This is our God—the One who became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1). The One who did wonders in the land of Egypt to reveal Himself as the Only True God. (Exodus 7-12)

Those wonders weren’t the kind that I think of when I think of wonderful.

What stirs wonder in me? Snow-crusted pine trees be-ribboned with fog. A sweet smile on a baby’s face. A word of wisdom out of the mouth of a child.

But not flies and frogs and boils and death. Yet God reveals Himself in these wonders, too. Yes, they are difficult to understand, but they are all a part of revealing to us Who He is. They all must lead us to worship, as Manoah and his wife worshiped when He Who is Wonderful came to them.

They knew that the One in Whose presence they had been had every right to snuff their lives out, and yet He didn’t. He used them for His purposes, and they surely wondered at that, too.

Kind of like the wonder we have when we consider that this Angel became a Man, left the glories of Heaven to complete the greatest and most horrible of wonders—the sacrifice of His Life for our sake.

Now that is a Wonder we will behold not just this Christmas season but every day of our lives if we will let that wonder lead us to worshipping the Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

Let the true JOY of the season begin!

Advent Devotional

By, Mel B.

During this busy time of year, I am juggling decorating, buying the right gifts, spending time online to find the best deals, baking the traditional recipes and trying to include new ones . . . all to do Christmas “right”. I forget that it is about caring for people “right”. I need to take time to think of people to thank . . . the neighbors, the hairdresser, the mail person . . . and do something extra for my own family. I want to bake for them, to make something special like a card or treat, and to spend time together doing an advent devotional, talking and listening with them, as well as taking my own personal time for the Lord.  

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8

Dear God, keep my heart available for someone who needs a hug or smile or an encouraging word. Align my focus on what you want me to spend my time and money on to do what is right, love mercy, and stay close to you. Let me see the opportunities to give joy, hope and healing to those around me without compromising my own family.

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