Shepherds find God Accessible

shepherds-and-jesus“When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another,  “Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”  So they hurried off, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was laying in the manger.  When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.  But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.  The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”  Luke 2:16-20

After being visited by a host of heavenly beings and hearing their message and praises for the child that was born in Bethlehem, they hurriedly went to find the child.  They found Jesus just as the angels had said.  Their response to encountering Jesus was excitement -they spread the word, they praised and glorified God for allowing them to see and hear and meet the Savior, Jesus.  God was within reach, touchable, real and worthy of all their praises.

What does this tell us about God?  God was then and is now accessible. Since God had walked with Adam and Eve in the garden, He had not been accessible in the flesh.  He was now accessible, or near.  In the covenants God made with the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, He promised to be in relationship with them always.  Later God commanded the people to build the tabernacle so He could live among them.  God made Himself even nearer to people when He became a man, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Now He is accessible in the most intimate way possible.  His Spirit lives in every believer.  When you pray, He hears you.  The shepherd experienced the accessibility of God in a miraculous way and it caused them to glorify and praise God.

Do you find God accessible?  Just like the shepherds, if you seek Him you will find Him and experience His glory-His indwelling Holy Spirit.  Here are a few promises that God gives regarding His accesibility that we can rely upon.  James 4:8 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.  Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you;  He will never leave  you nor forsake you.”   Jesus promised in Matthew 28:20b “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so tha we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” 

Praising God for His accessibility 24/7,

Linda

Loved the concept given in this cartoon picture.prayer-use-it-anywhere

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