And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. And the Child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon Him. ... And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man. (Luke 2:39-40, 52)
Finally, it was over. All the travel, all the miracles, all the wonder and terror and confusion and surprise—and they were home, safely, in Nazareth. Nothing exciting would happen there—nothing beyond the ordinary human events of birth and marriage and death, sadness and celebration. Jesus would be thirty before He left this place of quiet.
And that's good, because we need times of quiet and peace—times to grow, times to become strong. We need times to learn wisdom and grow close to God. Jesus had that. He gives us those times, too.
Maybe you are in a quiet time and place like that right now. Maybe you are in a place of turmoil, having your life turned upside down. Either way, Jesus is with you. He gave His life for you, and He will not leave you now. May God bless you always as you continue to grow in Jesus, the Savior God promised—the Lord we have forever.
THE PRAYER: Dear Father, thank You for Your Son! Keep me with You forever. Amen.
* Are you in a quiet time or in a time of change and activity?
* How do you feel about where you are right now?
* How has God seen you through similar times in the past?
Advent Devotions were written by Dr. Kari Vo.
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