Monday, November 27, 2017
Day 2: A Star Will Rise
“Did I not tell your messengers whom you sent to me, If Balak should give me his house full of silver and gold, I would not be able to go beyond the word of the Lord, to do either good or bad of my own will. What the Lord speaks, that will I speak’? And now, behold, I am going to my people. Come, I will let you know what this people will do to your people in the latter days.” - Numbers 24:12-14, ESV
Then Balaam prophecies of the glorious future of the people of God, including the coming of a great ruler over God's people in verse 16.
Here's a question: How did the wise men from the East know to look for a star to indicate the birth of the great King of the Jews? Could it be that they had a copy of Balaam's prophecy?
Today's Advent lesson is that God often uses unexpected people in unexpected ways to accomplish His purposes for His people - like a carpenter and his young fiancee, a shepherd-boy overlooked by his own father, and a gentile prophet-for-hire who was given a glorious glimpse of the coming of Christ. Never underestimate your own usefulness in God's kingdom, because it's not about you but Him. On the flip-side, if God has used you to bless and speak to others, don't overestimate your value, because it's not about you but Him!
Father, Thank You for being so great and so gracious that You use the most unlikely people to accomplish Your purposes. Thank You that Your kingdom is all about Your power and Your glory, which You gracious give to Your people. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Posted by Jason A. Van Bemmel at 4:00 AM