The shepherds were told by the angels that the Savior had been born. Scripture says they HURRIED and FOUND. (Luke 2:16)
What we find is based on what we look for. If we look for the negative and bad, we will surely find it. If we look for the good, we will find it as well.
They didn’t just find what they sought after… they hurried to find it. It was a matter of urgency and priority. They could have scheduled this journey for a few days later or just sent one of them instead of all going, but they all went, they all hurried. They sought quickly and determinedly. Their priorities were re-aligned at the declaration of the good news.
I am challenged by this today… what am I looking for? What am I seeking? What news has become the most important to me right now? What am I hurrying after today? We know what we want most when we look at what has taken the priority of our pursuit.
Years ago, I heard someone say this, “If you want to know what is the most important thing to you, simply look where you spend your time and your money.” That challenge never left me. I can’t say I value my relationship with God, my marriage, my family or my church if my time and money are invested primarily in my job, my entertainment or myself. My desires are evidenced by my pursuits and my investments.
What has taken the priority of your pursuit? What are you investing your time and resources in? This Christmas, may we, like the shepherds, look for HIM, above all else.
May we prioritize the pursuit of the Promise.
Prayer: Lord, I find that I often become so taken with the bad news and I seek it out. I focus on so many other things, that finding You in the midst of it all and seeking after You falls too far down on my priority list. Today, may I hurry and find You. In my thoughts, actions and decisions, may I seek first the kingdom of God. Amen.