Daily Devotional for Monday December 25, 2017

Scripture:

John 16:21 (NASB) Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child has been born into the world.

Observation:

It was a miracle. I stood there holding her hand, watching the monitors, and listening to what the doctor and nurses were saying. The baby is almost here!! Within a few seconds, our first daughter emerged into this world. I remember just standing there in awe. A child born right before my eyes, and it was our child!! Today's verse speaks of the birth of a child and how, despite the pain of giving birth, the joy that comes when a child has been born; all the pain and hurt no longer remains. I can't say that I have ever experienced the pain of childbirth for that is not a blessing given to men, but as I watched my wife give birth, the pain on her brow, the squeeze of my hand told me all I needed to know. Then as they placed our daughter in her arms, the pain was gone and filled with joy… unspeakable joy. That is the joy that awaits us as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, and not just today but every day as we let Him enter our lives. Don't focus on the pain of life, but take hold of the greatest joy you'll ever experience in this life. Accept the Child born many years ago as your Lord and Savior!

Application:

Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.

Family Devotional: Read this chapter to your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them as you read. Talk about their answers and show them that one important aspect of this chapter is that we must continue to spend time with the Lord and keep our hearts focused on His plans and purposes. Pray for them.
 

TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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