This morning reflecting on some verses from Luke's version of the Christmas event, provoked the following the thoughts. Here's the verse:
Luke 2:15 (ESV) 15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”Is there something more that God should do for us to make known to us that something huge has taken place that warrants an investigation? Do we suffer from being jaded so that we have no expectation that anything would ever be different than it has ever been before? Most of us live our lives with the practical understanding expressed in 2 Peter 3:3-4, that everything is just as it was from the beginning of time, but when we think like that we deliberately forget Peter says that everything is not as it has always been in the creation. Do we ever have any expectation that anything new, anything remarkable is going to take place? Our lack of faith in the reality that there is a God who created everything that exists, but who then invaded that world in dramatic fashion, and that angels filled the night sky and sang to shepherds, our lack of practical every day belief that this God is real and alive and moving and working in this life, in some respects blinds us to be able to see when he does work, and may, and I want to be careful here, may affect what God will or won't do through us, because we don't ask and we don't expect.