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Daily Reading: Numbers 24:1-25:18 ESV, Luke 2:1-35 ESV, Psalm 59:1-17 ESV, Proverbs 11:14 ESV

Daily Verse: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:14 ESV)

DOXA (1391): “Primarily signifies an opinion, estimate, and hence, the honor resulting from a good opinion.  It is used of the nature and acts of God in self-manifestation, i.e., what He essentially is and does, as exhibited in whatever way he reveals Himself in these respects, and particularly in the person of Christ, in whom essentially His ‘glory’ has ever shoe forth and ever will do.”[I]

Resulting honor.

When the Shepherds stood in the field, watching their flocks, they never imagined the spectacular light show about to change their life.  Angels, shining with God’s glory, announced the birth of Jesus to them, the world’s Savior.  Watching the events unfold, I can only imagine the awe and wonder filling the shepherds as they absorbed the message from above.  Witnessing God’s mighty works makes glorifying Him easy.

On a camping trip to Florida, driving on I-95 somewhere in the Carolinas, my husband and I experienced God’s protection.  A metal object fell off a vehicle ahead of us, bouncing off the pavement and spiraling towards the passenger’s window shield and my head.  Thankfully, Ron handled the situation well, calmly maneuvering our truck, so the object missed us by inches.  Praising God at that moment came easy. 

Give God glory.

Including God in my daily life means seeking ways to glorify Him.  Months later, when the image of the metal blade enters my thoughts, I instantly thank God.  Each morning, when I wake up with my husband, I thank God.  Every day I can still get on my knees and pray gives me a reason to glorify my Creator.  When we start looking for ways to glorify God in our lives, we will find them.

Start with Jesus.  God’s glory shines brightest through His Son.  Placing faith in Jesus will change your life, just like it did the Shepherds, nothing ever the same again.  Accepting the gift Jesus offers connects us with our Creator, building an eternal relationship nothing can break.

[i] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 71) Thomas Nelson

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