Search for what God wants you to have
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields near by, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”
v16 in the Amplified it says ‘by searching found’
The shepherds searched for Jesus.
Are you still a pilgrim?
Do you still pant like a deer for the water?
The shepherds were willing and they were persistent.
• Be willing
This might seem strange to you, but God does want you to have good times and good experiences.
He wants you to run a good race, Galatians 5:7
He wants you to do good works, Ephesians 2:10
He has good gifts for you James 1:17
He is good 1 Peter 2:3
He wants you to have good health 3 John 2
But it is not all one way. He wants you to be willing to have what He wants to give you. He wants your partnership.
Mary had a visit by the angel, but she had to be willing, “May it be to me as you have said.”
The shepherds weren’t presented with Jesus nor were they picked up and dumped into the manger scene.
God won’t force you to have good things for your life. He won’t deliver them without your full participation and He won’t drag you into them either.
• Be persistent
What could stop you? It could be distraction, discouragement and disappointment.
Don’t think they ran into Bethlehem with an A-Z map and all they had to do was find Manger Street.
May be they tried every cowshed in Bethlehem before they found the one with a baby in it, for that is the meaning of the word ‘search’.
What has tried to stop you this week?
What is it going to take for you to seek God until you find Him?