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Devotional Thought

God Knows Me Best

Would you be comfortable in a room with someone who knows all your secrets? Probably not. We don’t want people to know us completely. They will know our weaknesses and perhaps take advantage of us.

Everyone seems to collect our personal information. Huge databases track our every purchase and preference. This is a marketer’s dream and a consumer’s nightmare.

The Bible tells us that our creator God knows us intimately. Great King David of long ago recognized that God knew everything about him.

King David wrote, “O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar . . . . You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely” (Psalm 139:1-4).

God knows us better than we know ourselves. “Even the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matthew 10:30).

God is more than a supercomputer with a high-tech database. He is a personal God who wants to have a personal relationship with each of us.

Is that a threat or a comfort to you? Remember that God is perfect. You can’t hide from him.

Despite all that God knows about us, he still loves us. He doesn’t use what he knows to exploit us. He uses his knowledge of our weakness and failings to draw us closer to himself.

You are so available to God that he sent his only Son, Jesus, to die for you.

You don’t need to fear difficult trials and personal needs. God invites you into his gracious presence.

Because Jesus became your brother, you can approach God as your heavenly Father.  He invites you to love him as he loves you.

Get to know his love each Sunday.  That is what makes his knowledge of your secrets comforting and encouraging.

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Sermon

We Have Come to Worship Him

Sermon text: Matthew 2:1-12

Summary: The visit of the Magi to the child Jesus in Bethlehem causes Herod concern. But to all who will kneel before him in worship, the account of the Magi gives humble joy. The Lord’s reception of the gifts of these Gentiles reminds the entire Church of his gracious reception of all who call on him by grace.

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Devotional Thought

You Are Special – God Makes Everything Turn Out Good

When Pete told his good friend Brian that God makes everything work together for his good, Brian could hardly believe his ears.

Pete was a walking calamity. He could hardly get through a day at work without breaking something or tripping over his own feet.

“You’ve got to be kidding!” Brian replied. “How can God neutralize all the foul-ups you’ve caused, let alone turn them into good?”

Pete knew he had trouble walking and chewing gum, but he really liked Brian, so he tried to explain.

“I don’t understand it either, Brian,” Pete began. “All I know is what God tells me, and what he says is: ‘We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him’ (Romans 8:28). It’s not that I have done everything to deserve it. It’s that God loves me.”

Brian laughed. “That’s for sure, Pete. What you deserve from God isn’t called love.”

The two guys went on talking and ribbing each other, but that night Brian couldn’t get Pete’s words out of his brain: “God works for those who love him.”

Could it be that God really loved Pete? Why? And, if God loved Pete, could he love Brian?

The pastor wasn’t much help for Pete when he dragged Brian into the pastor’s office on Saturday afternoon. “How do you explain a love that causes God to sacrifice his only Son for a sinner like Pete — or a skeptic like you, Brian?” the pastor asked.

“God isn’t like people,” the pastor went on. “He’s a whole lot smarter, and stronger. And he is a lot more loving.”

As they walked back to their car, Brian said, “You are a special guy, Pete. I’ve never met anyone more accident-prone than you. If God can make all your goofs turn out good, then he must be really strong and wise.”

“Better than that, Brian,” Peter replied. “God makes everything turn out good for me because Jesus loves me. Even if I don’t understand it, God will make it all work out in the end. And he loves you too.”

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