Are you guilty of “peeking” through the wrapping paper of your gifts under the tree? Or have you ever tried to “sneak” a present out of its decorative bag when no one was looking? The only time I discovered one of my Christmas presents early was when I was about eight years old (as I was innocently rummaging through my mom’s closet—no, really, I wasn’t trying to peek!).
Actually, I was horrified when I opened a brown paper sack and found the doll I was hoping for. Finding it early sort of spoiled the surprise and put a damper on my Christmas morning.
There is one gift that can’t be spoiled, though, no matter when it is discovered. No gift compares to the unwrapping of the Christ Child. Much of what we know about Him is still veiled in mystery, but each glimpse brings us closer to full understanding. He was foretold from the earliest pages of Scripture and little bits of prophetic disclosure peels back what is hidden.
Prophets proclaimed what was and is to come, and the end is known from the beginning. God with us—that is the gift. This is the gift that cannot be spoiled, it never comes early, and it beckons your discovery.
Look for Him today – He came as a babe, but He’ll return a powerful Sovereign, and His Spirit is now actively at work in hearts and lives. Watch for evidence of His presence, His power, and His gracious provision as you walk through your day.
Watch as He opens doors for you to communicate His love to those you encounter: the toddler at your feet, the checker at the grocery store, the fellow student who is struggling with finals. Feel His presence drawing you to pause in the quiet moments of your day to worship. Take every opportunity to express gratitude for the abundance you enjoy this day—as a result of His kind provision.
But especially see Him in His love letter to you, as He peels back some of the wrappings to reveal the gift of this Holy Child:
[box]“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people . . . As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old . . . Because of the tender mercy of our God with which the Dayspring from on high will visit us, to shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1)[/box]
Have you unwrapped this gift yet?