Unspeakable Joy Devotional

20-August-2019

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Go Tell It On The Mountain. Being back in Colorado this week and seeing the amazing mountains, it made me think of this phrase and song “Go Tell It On The Mountain”.

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manager.” Luke 2:8-12

Can you imagine how bittersweet this night had been for the shepherds? First, they are shaking in their sandals from this glowing being in the sky, and next, they are rejoicing for the arrival of their Savior. All of these emotions are going around, and yet they make the great decision to take off immediately. They run for the city, and begin telling people that Jesus Christ was born. They reach them, and the news has already spread like wildfire. It was like they had climbed a mountain and yelled it to the whole world.

Shepherds were not the most respected people, but God chose to send news of His Son to them. It’s interesting to see how this same behavior is reflected in Jesus when He picks His disciples. All throughout the Bible, God picks up underdogs and turns them into important tools for His kingdom. We all have great gifts that can be used. Some are evident, but others will be unexpected. God knew their faith, their excitement, and their love to talk. The whole time they were journeying to Jesus, they were talking. The news got out, and they did exactly what God knew and planned for them to do.

Tell people about the meaning of salvation, and let your actions and talents promote the heart of Christ. Be like a shepherd in the night, they were trembling and serving, and they were trekking and speaking. God used them as He saw fit, and I hope and pray that you will let Him do the same with you.

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