The night

The night

Acts 23:31 “So the soldiers, carrying out their orders, took Paul with them during the night and brought him as far as Antipatris.”

Paul had to journey to the governor, Felix, during the night.

Today is Christmas Eve and for so many children it will be a magical night as they anticipate their presents the next day. Most will not sleep for many hours as they become too excited to sleep, they will rise early. The night can be full of wonder and awe as we look to the skies and see a vast array of stars. The story that we celebrate reminds us how there “were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.” (Luke 2:8) After they encountered the angels they travelled to see Jesus. It was a night journey full of excitement.

Some people will not make that kind of journey, tonight or at any time. They are like the apostle Paul being taken down a night journey where they do not know what the day will turn out like.

When Herod was searching for Jesus to kill him, an angel appeared to Joseph and warned him, “So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt” (Matthew 2:14). Their night time was filled with questions as to what might happen next.

So, your night can be filled with excitement and also of challenge. However you would describe it make sure it is filled with trust in God. Whether you are journeying towards Him or whether it feels He is enabling you to escape from an enemy, He is here, God with us, Immanuel. He is here, with you, God of the day and God of the night.

 

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