FOCUS ON THE KING

by Matt Archer | Dec. 9, 2018

“When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.”

MATTHEW 2:10 NIV

My great-aunt, Nonie, was an amazing woman. She was well into her 80’s when I was a child, but my cousins and I would spend weeks at her house every summer. Nonie built forts with us, took us fishing, and taught us to drive at the local cemetery. (Because, in her words, “You can’t kill nobody there.”)

Whenever something stressful would happen, Nonie would immediately gather the kids to pray about it. It could be as small as a scary noise in the night or as serious as a heart attack. Each time we would finish praying, she would say, “Well, we’ve given it over to God. No sense in trying to take it back now.” Nonie had a peace about her that countered fear and anxiety, because she laid everything at the feet of Jesus.

Her many years on this earth had taught her a valuable lesson…

“We don’t find peace in things going right, we find peace in trusting a Savior who always does what is right.” 

After visiting Herod, the Magi had plenty of reasons to be fearful and anxious. King Herod was known to be a ruthless ruler—even going so far as to have his wife, three sons, and others in his own family murdered. However, after their encounter with this terrible man, the Magi still sought the newborn King. “When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.”  Despite the circumstances, they kept their focus on finding the King. When they found Him, they worshipped, presented their gifts, and they left changed.

The Magi and my Aunt Nonie had something in common—when their circumstances seemed overwhelming, they focused their eyes on the King. As you walk through this season that can be stressful, remember that we trust a Savior who always will do what’s right. Focus your eyes on the King.

Question: Is there something you’ve given over to God that you find yourself trying to take back?

Today’s Reading: Matthew 2:1-12 NIV

9 Comments

  1. Robyn Yates

    What a great reminder/challenge for today. Thanks, Matt.

    Reply
  2. Steve Weber

    What a great message Matt. Those are also wise words from your great-aunt Nonle. Thank you for sharing with us.

    Reply
  3. Wayland Beller

    Aunt Nonie sounds cool. Reading this brought a smile to my face. Good lesson.

    Reply
  4. Kathy HARDY

    GREAT reminder Matt! Praise God!

    Reply
  5. Carolyn Derose

    Matt,
    This spoke to my heart today, and yes it is a great reminder!
    What a gift to have a precious aunt like Nonie and praise God He gave us the indescribable gift of Jesus!
    May you Kerry, Abe and Luke have a blessed Christmas season.

    Reply
  6. Peter Nouguier

    Thank you, Matt, for enriching our Advent!
    Very inspirational!
    Praying you and your family will have a very Merry Christmas!
    Peter and Rhonda Nouguier

    Reply
  7. Meni Hansen

    I always need this reminder. Ty!

    Reply
  8. Darla Beller

    Abide in Me! For apart from me you can do nothing. I am constantly amazed at the lengths non believers stoop to in order to protect themselves. They lie, cheat, manipulate, and create elaborate schemes in order to control outcomes in their lives. If anything is going to go their way, it’s up to them to make it happen. Herod was extreme in that he resorted to murder. There’s a kind of paranoia that reveals itself when we work so hard to preserve ourselves and the outcomes we are desperate to achieve. It’s exhausting really and so unattractive. Nonie did it right! She trusted every circumstance to God and left it with Him! No scheming, plotting, wringing of hands, insomnia, or deceitful manipulation. Just simple trust in the One who loves us, and works all things for our good! Thanks so much for sharing Nonie’s example. She sounds like a hoot!

    Reply

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Focus on the King

BY: Matt Archer | Dec. 8, 2018

“When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.”

MATTHEW 2:10 NIV

My great-aunt, Nonie, was an amazing woman. She was well into her 80’s when I was a child, but my cousins and I would spend weeks at her house every summer. Nonie built forts with us, took us fishing, and taught us to drive at the local cemetery. (Because, in her words, “You can’t kill nobody there.”)

Whenever something stressful would happen, Nonie would immediately gather the kids to pray about it. It could be as small as a scary noise in the night or as serious as a heart attack. Each time we would finish praying, she would say, “Well, we’ve given it over to God. No sense in trying to take it back now.” Nonie had a peace about her that countered fear and anxiety, because she laid everything at the feet of Jesus.

Her many years on this earth had taught her a valuable lesson— We don’t find peace in things going right, we find peace in trusting a Savior who always does what is right.

After visiting Herod, the Magi had plenty of reasons to be fearful and anxious. King Herod was known to be a ruthless ruler—even going so far as to have his wife, three sons, and others in his own family murdered. However, after their encounter with this terrible man, the Magi still sought the newborn King. “When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.”  Despite the circumstances, they kept their focus on finding the King. When they found Him, they worshipped, presented their gifts, and they left changed.

The Magi and my Aunt Nonie had something in common—when their circumstances seemed overwhelming, they focused their eyes on the King. As you walk through this season that can be stressful, remember that we trust a Savior who always will do what’s right. Focus your eyes on the King.

Question: Is there something you’ve given over to God that you find yourself trying to take back?

Today’s Reading: Matthew 2:1-12 NIV

9 Comments

  1. Robyn Yates

    What a great reminder/challenge for today. Thanks, Matt.

    Reply
  2. Steve Weber

    What a great message Matt. Those are also wise words from your great-aunt Nonle. Thank you for sharing with us.

    Reply
  3. Wayland Beller

    Aunt Nonie sounds cool. Reading this brought a smile to my face. Good lesson.

    Reply
  4. Kathy HARDY

    GREAT reminder Matt! Praise God!

    Reply
  5. Carolyn Derose

    Matt,
    This spoke to my heart today, and yes it is a great reminder!
    What a gift to have a precious aunt like Nonie and praise God He gave us the indescribable gift of Jesus!
    May you Kerry, Abe and Luke have a blessed Christmas season.

    Reply
  6. Peter Nouguier

    Thank you, Matt, for enriching our Advent!
    Very inspirational!
    Praying you and your family will have a very Merry Christmas!
    Peter and Rhonda Nouguier

    Reply
  7. Meni Hansen

    I always need this reminder. Ty!

    Reply
  8. Darla Beller

    Abide in Me! For apart from me you can do nothing. I am constantly amazed at the lengths non believers stoop to in order to protect themselves. They lie, cheat, manipulate, and create elaborate schemes in order to control outcomes in their lives. If anything is going to go their way, it’s up to them to make it happen. Herod was extreme in that he resorted to murder. There’s a kind of paranoia that reveals itself when we work so hard to preserve ourselves and the outcomes we are desperate to achieve. It’s exhausting really and so unattractive. Nonie did it right! She trusted every circumstance to God and left it with Him! No scheming, plotting, wringing of hands, insomnia, or deceitful manipulation. Just simple trust in the One who loves us, and works all things for our good! Thanks so much for sharing Nonie’s example. She sounds like a hoot!

    Reply

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