December 21st, 2019 | Chad Gardner
If you want to be wise, use the brain God gave you to think on your own and ponder.
- Psalm 143:5
- Psalm 77:12
- Psalm 4:4
- Psalm 145:5
- Psalm 63:6
- Proverbs 4:25-27
God is always speaking. Sometimes were too busy or distracted to hear him. Be silent before him and listen.
Ponder: to weigh in the mind, to think about, reflect, meditate, to chew on.
Joseph thought about what to do. Then he listened when God spoke.
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
We need to ponder, to spend time with God, waiting for him to speak. Prayer is not a monologue. God’s face is always before us as believers. We’re the ones who turn away.
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
In that culture, the man traditionally named the baby, but Mary was also told his name. This confirmed to both of them that God was speaking.
Luke 2:41-47, 51
Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.
And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.
Twelve years later, Jesus is seen listening and asking questions in the temple. Jesus was a thinker like his earthly parents. He pondered.
This Christmas, ponder him. Slow down and think about the real Christmas, and it will be the best Christmas ever. It’s all about Jesus.