Friday, December 20, 2013

Micah 7:6 “With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God ho high?  Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?”

As I read through passages in Micah this verse kept coming back to me.  It isn't talking about Jesus the newborn king but I couldn't help but make the connection because Jesus the newborn king and God on high are one and the same.  What do we bring to God, how do we present ourselves to the Most High?  I see the shepherds after being terrified in the fields running as fast as they can to find the baby lying in a manger.  They didn't take time to wash their hands, faces and feet.  They came to see with no regards as how to present themselves.  The urgency in them, the desire to see what they had been told overrode any thought of who they were coming to see.  I think this is how God would love for us to come to him still today.  Through the life and sacrifice of Jesus we can come running to God without regard of what we look like.  He wants our hearts to be filled with desire to see what we have been told; to be filled with an urgency to run as fast as we can to see Him.  There is nothing we can bring to the babe lying in a manger and there is nothing we can bring to God on high; nothing but ourselves.  It is all He wants.

We are like the little drummer boy, we have nothing to offer but a song and our hearts.  Help us realize that you ask for nothing but our hearts.  Soften us to your desires as we come once more to remember the babe in a manger.  Let the tenderness of that love break through to the tenderness in us so that we feel your love in a whole new way.  Amen.