by Holly Newton
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 2:20 (NIV)
From the promise to the stable, God’s plan unfolded just as spoken. God’s goodness toward you is unceasing. Isaiah 43:1 says, ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name and you are mine.’
Those praises were a long time coming. For ages, God’s people had been promised a Messiah—a Rescuer, a Redeemer. For generations they waited. And when He did come, it was quietly and meekly.
God’s favor was on the unsuspecting shepherds who guarded their flocks in the dark. They existed in the margins and were society’s outcasts; living with livestock. But the angel did not mince words; there was no doubt this announcement was for them. “Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you…” (Luke 2:11).
From generation to generation, all the waiting- from throne rooms to fields of sheep—had not been in vain. Jesus came – for you and for me. Our one and only Savior and Hope.
Watch for miracles this season. Look and be ready for them. Take the risk to trust God. He created us with purpose and willingly invites us into a journey to know Him deeper – every day, every season.
Jesus came humbly, quietly, unexpected, unrecognized.; to be sought and found, to love and to save.
Holly Newton is a passionate leader encouraging others to study scripture, ask the hard questions, and learn to hear God’s voice to more fully live in freedom and purpose. She is the Founder of She Lives Fearless, Author of Exhale; 90 Devotions and Savor The Wonder: Behold Jesus. She is a speaker, radio and tv segment speaker, and the She Lives Fearless Podcast host. Holly and her husband, Mark, have been married 31 years. They have three grown children, seven grandchildren and live with their much-loved yorkie, Lily, in the Orlando area. She loves to connect on Instagram @hollyanewton