Day 17: The Gift of Perseverance

A 25 Day Preparation for the Celebration of Christ

Every day leading up to Christmas, we’ll “unwrap” a gift from the Lord. Today’s gift is…

“The Gift of Perseverance”

 

When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”.  Luke 2:15 NLT

Shepherding…what a job!

The duties of a shepherd in an unenclosed count country like Palestine were very burdensome. In early morning he led forth the flock from the fold, marching at its head to the spot where they were to be pastured. Here he watched them all day, taking care that none of the sheep strayed; and if any for a time eluded his watch and wandered away from the rest, he sought it diligently till he found and brought it back. In those lands sheep require to be supplied regularly with water, and the shepherd for this purpose had to guide them either to some running stream or to wells dug in the wilderness and furnished with troughs.

At night he brought the flock home to the fold, counting them as they passed under the rod at the door to assure himself that none were missing. And that wasn’t necessarily the end of his day. Often he had to guard the fold through the dark hours from the attack of wild beasts, or the wily attempts of the prowling thief.

The Bible tells us that Jesus is our Good Shepherd (John 10:11). Aren’t you glad that He has the persistence to guide and guard His flock (you and me)?

Maybe it took the perseverance of “shepherds” to seek the wonder of the Babe in the Manger.

Do you have that sort of dedication and love?

Do you hunger and thirst for the things of God (Matthew 5:6)?

Are you a God-seeker?

King David, who was also a shepherd, cried out,

O God, you are my God;
I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
Psalm 63:1a NLT

Today’s Challenge: Go back to one of the challenges you missed (or skipped) and complete it.

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