Today's devotion for today is based on Micah 5:2, "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times."
In the little town of Bethlehem, small among the clans of Judah, a virgin gave birth to a baby boy. This child, who was visited by shepherds and Magi, would one day grow up to be ruler over all nations of the earth, and he would bring peace.
Jesus' kingdom is his rule in people's hearts by faith; people all over the earth. While there is still physical strife and struggle, believers in Jesus have peace. They know and trust that Jesus is shepherding and watching over their lives at all times. He, as a ruling king, is guiding and directing all things for their good. Trust the words written on the pages of the Bible, for God sent his Son—born in little Bethlehem to be your very own Savior and Shepherd and King!
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, help me to see that you are my Savior, my Shepherd, and my King each day. Forgive me for the times I've treated your words in the Bible with indifference. Keep my heart on fire for Jesus and move me to never tire of hearing and reading your Word. In Jesus' holy name, I pray. Amen.