I found this on my Facebook news feed. It seems a little boy was concerned when he heard the pastor describe Herod’s rage and plan to kill all the baby boys born around the same time as Jesus.
This was his solution. Baby Jesus needs protecting.
And maybe that’s not such a bad idea. Have you heard? Thieves are stealing Baby Jesus from nativities everywhere.
Companies are offering insurance. People are putting GPS tracking devices in statues so they can find Jesus.
Have you been trying to protect Baby Jesus?
The question sounds ridiculous until we think about how we also try to protect God. How in the world would we do that, you ask.
Have you ever decided not to take your needs to God because they’re too small to matter or too big for Him to handle?
Have you pulled a “Sarah” and provided God with your plan to help Him out–and get what you want when you want it rather than waiting on His timing?
Do you ever protect God’s reputation from ridicule or scrutiny by leaving him out of your conversations and choices?
Perhaps rather than “protecting” Him, we would be better off knowing Him better. If we had a clearer perspective on who He is and how he sees us:
O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
Your glory is higher than the heavens.
You have taught children and infants
to tell of your strength,
silencing your enemies
and all who oppose you.
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
the moon and the stars you set in place—
what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
human beings that you should care for them?
Yet you made them only a little lower than God
and crowned them[e] with glory and honor.
You gave them charge of everything you made,
putting all things under their authority—
the flocks and the herds
and all the wild animals,
the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,
and everything that swims the ocean currents.
O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! (Psalm 8, NLT)
That God doesn’t need me to protect Him. But, I definitely need him!
How about you?