As we prepare for celebrating our Lord's birth, today's devotion is based on Matthew 1:18, "Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with Child from the Holy Spirit."
Mary "was found to be with child." What lies behind those words, "was found"? It doesn't sound like she had the chance to break the news gently. It sounds rather like someone found out—like there was a shocking moment of discovery.
Of course, Mary had a perfectly innocent explanation—though, given human nature, I wonder how many people believed her. But we have our "found out" moments, too. Those sickening moments when a friend or family member confronts us with a truth we tried to keep hidden.
In times like these, there is nothing to do but flee to the One who saves us from shame and fear; Jesus. There is no need to worry about being "found out" with Him. He already knows. And knowing, He has already laid down His life for us, doing everything necessary to rescue us and to set us free from our terror and guilt.
With Jesus our Savior, there is never any "found out." There is only "found"—we are found safe, in Him.
Please pray with me; Let me know that despite what sin I have done, whether others know about it or is known only to me that you know about it, yet you still love me. I pray in your beloved name. Amen.