Today’s Tasting: Matthew 2
In Matthew 2, the Wise Men traveled to the place where the stars lead them to worship baby Jesus. Yet, King Herod intercepted the wise men’s visit in order to find baby Jesus. He wanted the men to report back to him. Not because Herod wanted to celebrate baby Jesus, instead, he wanted to kill this child. The Wise Men fled and didn’t report back to Herod.
Herod’s anger stirred even more and declared an edict to kill all male children born in Bethlehem. Prior to this, Mary, Joseph and Jesus fled to Egypt. Once Herod died, they returned to Nazareth safely.
Today’s Nourishment: In this passage, jealousy and anger raged in one man. He acted out of his emotions and handled his circumstances according to the fleshly desires. While jealousy is considered sin, anger handled incorrectly is considered sin also.
Do you rage with jealousy and/or anger?
If we close our eyes and imagine this scene playing out in our personal lives, some may be able to substitute Herod for themselves and Jesus as someone you may have issues with personally. We need to take these out of control emotions captive and surrender them to the Lord. Some of you may say, “What are you taking about—I have a right to feel angry, seek revenge, or feel like I deserve the other person’s _________________.
Your emotions may seem justified. However, is that how Jesus would want you to respond or react?
Start thinking with a heavenly mindset instead of a worldly one:
- Forgive the other person
- Let go of sitting in God’s place
- Surrender to the Lord
- Relax in Him, so He can handle it all for you!
What has the Holy Spirit spoken to you today? Comment below.
Tomorrow’s Delight: Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3
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