As I watched TV commercials talk about all the Black Friday specials which would be taking place, I thought, there isn’t anything I need so bad that I would get up at 3am and stand out in the cold in line waiting for some store to open up. They showed some of the stores as they opened their doors and the craziness and ugliness of man was displayed for all to see. People ran over people; they even knocked some down just so they could get to the product they wanted before anyone else.
The TV showed the look of joy, (I believe it was joy) on the faces of those who were lucky and determined enough to get what they were looking for before anyone else, as they stood in line ready to pay for their supposed treasure.
It seems that every Christmas, I discover people get more and more overcome with finding the best deals they can get, especially on what is called Black Friday or Cyber Monday. They get on the internet and search everywhere they can to find the best deals and when they finally find that great deal and purchase it, a great sense of joy and pleasure fills this hearts.
Speaking of the Magi, who were in search of the child born King of Jews, we read in Matthew 2:10 “When they saw the star, they were overjoyed” Their long searched for this babe born King of the Jews was over. This star was sent to meet the wise men, and to guide them into the exact chamber of the King of kings. Psalm 105:3 “Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice”
As believers we have to keep reminding ourselves that Jesus Christ is the reason for the season and when He is found, true rejoicing takes place!
The greatest deal that could ever be offered on Black Friday or even Cyber Monday falls way short and doesn’t even come close to the joy that comes when we find the Lord Jesus!!
It is so easy to get caught up in finding the greatest deal so we can tell others of how good we were in our search and how great a shopper we are. We boldly and proudly announce to others how much we saved in our search for the best deal. It’s almost like we won the greatest race in the world when we find that great deal. Our frantic search has come to an end and we proudly declare, “I found It!”
What are you in search of this Christmas my friend? Have you spent hours upon hours looking for the best deal you could find for what you were looking for? Was it worth it when you found it?
Like I said at the start, there is nothing that is so important to me that I would get up in the wee hours of morning and go and stand out in a line in the cold, to buy. Yet when I consider all I got when I found Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I know my search was not in vain.
Like the lady with issue of blood, I would press through the largest crowd, endure the harshest criticism, do whatever it took to find my Lord.
This Christmas and beyond, don’t allow anything or person to stop you from finding the Lord and when you have found Him, like the magi, let your hearts and life rejoice!!
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