Walking to the Manger (Day 9)

 

There are times in our lives when God chooses to be silent.  He doesn’t speak when we are desperate to hear.  What do we do when there are no clues to follow?

 

Bible Verse

“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.” (Isaiah 42:16)

Devotional

Have you ever tried asking someone a question who seems to ignore you?  You try asking it another way and they still do not answer.  How does this make you feel?

God had given the Israelites many clues of how to find the Savior when he came.  He gave specifics about where He would be born, whose family He would come from, when He would be born, and many others.  Then God chose to not send any more prophets for 400 years.  The Israelites were desperate for help as they tried to live under the bondage of the Roman Empire and the religious leaders.  Generation after generation lived with the hope that someday the Messiah would come, and He would bring freedom.

There were faithful people who continued to read and hear the Scriptures.  They knew a Messiah was coming, but they could only wait.  There was no word from God, only silence.  Had God changed His mind?  Was the plan still the same?

There are times in our lives when God doesn’t speak to us, and we feel alone.  We want to know what He wants us to do with our lives, and He is silent.  What does God want us to do when He is silent?  There are 3 main activities we can do:  1) Pray and read the Bible every day to know what He has already said.  2) Obey Him in the areas He has already shown us.  3) Stay still until He shows us the way. 

God knew the Messiah was coming in just the time and way He had promised.  The plan hadn’t changed; He just didn’t want to reveal any more clues.  His silence was announcing, “Get ready because something exciting is about to happen.”

What do you usually do when you don’t know what God wants you to do next?   

Making a Treat with an Object Lesson

Birthday Cake for Jesus

Celebrating Christmas with a Birthday Party for Jesus is one of our favorite events of the Christmas season. It is such a natural way to explain God’s plan for salvation. We love to invite neighbors and friends to celebrate with us. There are always some children who have never heard the Good News of Jesus. We explain the purpose for each part of the cake as we eat it.
 
1 box chocolate cake mix
1 can white frosting
 
Instructions

1. Make a round cake – I use one 10 inch pan and one 6 inch pan

Purpose:  The round shape shows God’s love is never ending.  He sent Jesus because of His love

 

2. Make a chocolate cake

Purpose:  The dark color reveals the sin in every heart

 
3. Cover with white frosting

Purpose:  The white symbolizes how Jesus can cover our sins if we accept His gift of salvation through His death on the cross

 
4. Decorate with a star and toy lamb

Purpose:  Jesus is the light of the world and He is the Lamb of God who came to take away our sin
 
5. Place 12 red candles around the 10 inch cake

Purpose:  The 12 candles symbolize Christ is shining His light in our life all throughout the year.  The red shows Jesus’ blood that brings salvation

 
6. Encircle the top and lower cakes with green frosting

Purpose:  The green shows the eternal life that is possible through Jesus

Handmade Gift

The Smallest Gift

This is a perfect gift for a child to make.  The small box with a tiny letter or picture inside is child-size fun.  They will have fun giving the gift of love. 

Items Needed

Small matchboxes

Scrapbook paper

Glue

Paper

Directions

1. Buy matches in small matchboxes. Remove matches and place in safely away from children.

2. Cover outside of boxes with scrapbook paper or colored paper with a picture drawn by child.

3. On a tiny piece of paper, child can write a short note or draw a picture.  Place in inside part of matchbox.  Slide the matchbox parts together.

4. Wrap matchbox in larger box or place in gift bag.  The surprise of such a small gift will bring smiles to whoever receives it.

Copyright © words and photographs by Jane Carole Stein

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