Advent Devotional: Where to Look for Joy

Scripture: Matthew 2:10 NKJV

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy (Matthew 2:10 NKJV).

For many people, Christmas is the time for receiving and giving presents. They are filled with joy when they receive one. For Christians, Christmas is filled with the excitement and joy of the birth of the Savior. In the New Testament, when the three wise men, who were searching for the Christ child saw the star, they were filled with joy. They were filled with joy because they found the way to the child who would be their king. We should, like the three wise men, be filled with joy when we come before Christ.
When we experience things that fill us with joy, we do them over and over again, because joy is a good emotion to feel. When we experience things that are sorrowful, we try to avoid those situations.
When Jesus was born, God gave all of humanity the opportunity to be saved and life forever with Him, to feel joy for all eternity. David writes, “And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in His salvation” (Psalm 35:9 NKJV). True and lasting joy cannot be found in material things on earth. But the only way we can know the joy of the Lord is through the salvation that He offers. Let us be like the three wise men, filled with joy when we come before the Lord, the Savior of the world.

Rachel Wittenberg is the daughter of Chris and Annette Wittenberg. She is currently a sophomore at Eastern Kentucky University, majoring in criminal justice with a minor in art history. She has attended WFMC for about 14 years.