WINNING EACH DAY DEVOTIONAL
2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to God who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…
December 4, 2016
HOW WISE TO GIVE THANKS!
Mat 2:10 MSG
They could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time!
In the northeastern part of the Caribbean Sea sits the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, where an important ceremony on the National Calendar is Three Kings Day. People would exchange gifts with joy and creativity. Children would express their joy and creativity by gathering grass, making hay while the sun shone. The hay would be kept in shoe-boxes for the horses or camels of the Wise Men that saw Jesus.
The Bible speaks about the Wise Men that saw Jesus, but tells us nothing about their number. Some people think they were three because of the three gifts they brought. Western tradition also says what their names were — Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar, kings of provinces in Arabia, Persia, and India respectively. However, this is from a Greek document written long after Bible times, and is not found in Scriptures. It would therefore be wrong to call them three, or to even say they weren’t three. We simply don’t know. What is sure though, is that they had access to a lot of money to travel very far and they must have had an entourage including security presence to prevent banditry.
The Wise Men were wise enough to identify that the times and seasons had changed. They saw The Star and knew what it meant. They gave gifts; they gave worship; they gave thanks! When they saw The Star, they were overjoyed. “They could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time!” The place of thanksgiving is always the right place to be. Today, be at the right place at the right time — the place of thanksgiving. How wise to give thanks!
CONFESSION: I declare that the Lord satisfies me early. My prayer points have become praise reports. I’m at the right place at the right time, doing the right things and getting the right results!
PRAYER: Thank You Father for Your beautiful salvation plan. I worship You for who You are.
FURTHER READING: Mat 2, Psalm 95:6, Isa 60:3.