No matter how you choose to celebrate Christ this season, let the Messiah–not the mayhem–reign in your quiet Christ-focused heart.
Read: Matthew 2:7—8
7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
Reflect: Herod had a scheme to thwart the King of the Jews and thought he was being pretty sly by saying he wanted to go and worship Him. Psalm 94:11 says, “The Lord knows all human plans, He knows that they are futile.” Even when our heart plans good, we need to recognize that our “brilliant” ways are fruitless in God’s eyes. Instead, let’s commit our ways to the Lord and trust in Him (Psalm 37:5).
Respond: Wise King, no matter how smart I think I am, help me realize it is worthless unless it is from You. Your plan is best, and I don’t want to just ask you to bless the plan I have devised in my own heart. I realize my heart is deceitfully wicked (Jeremiah 17:9) and I desperately need your wisdom and direction.
Tot Time: Ask your children these questions: Do you think King Herod really wanted to worship Jesus? Why would he want to hurt Jesus? Talk about jealousy and how this can keep us from true happiness.