Advent Family Devotions - Day 11


As noted in yesterday’s devotion, Samuel was obedient when God told him to go to Bethlehem, specifically the House of Jesse, for the anointing of Israel’s next king. Years later, Mary and Joseph were obedient to the law of their day to go to Bethlehem to register for the census, even though Mary was well on her way with child. The Wise Men were obedient to the knowledge they were given as they followed the star, which led them to the Baby King from the Ancient of Days.

We, too, must be obedient to whatever place or situation in life God is calling us. Children, think about the ways you can be obedient to God in your every day? (With your parents…in your school… doing your chores…) And parents, do you have an attitude of obedience unto God in your every day? (Your work…your family…your neighborhood…your church…) Take a moment to bow your heads in silence and let God speak to your heart. Ask Him to show you where He is calling you to be more obedient.

His instructions to us are not pointless. Like the prophecies that came true through the obedience of God’s people, there are reasons, usually beyond our understanding—and maybe even greater than we can imagine, to His calling of obedience in our lives.

-Marilyn Williams