Day 21: The World Today and the Similarities of King Herod’s Time

Matthew 2:3-6 says, “When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.” “And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.” “And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,” “And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.”

When I became an Army wife, I learned very quickly that being a Christian is not very popular in a military town. I had wives discriminate against me because of my beliefs and refuse to have anything to do with me because I refuse to cuss, smoke, or drink. At first, it bothered me because we all want friends, but then I realized I had an opportunity to be a light in the darkness, even if the darkness didn’t like it.

We learn in these scriptures that King Herod was troubled about the birth of Jesus Christ. I mean, he was the King after all and hearing that a baby boy being born in Jerusalem was going to be King of Kings had to ruffle his feathers. The truth from God Himself bothered not only King Herod, but all of Jerusalem. They simply didn’t believe in the truth. They didn’t want to believe in it.

Isn’t that how the world is today? They hear that we are Christians and they instantly don’t want anything to do with us. Or they hear the truth of God’s word and the goodness of Jesus, yet they don’t want to believe in it.

It doesn’t matter if those around us don’t like us because we are Christians. Even though they may not like us, we are still called to be lights to them. People hated Jesus from the time He was a baby and throughout His entire life, but it didn’t stop Him from being the light in the darkness. Instead, it only made Him shine His light brighter for the whole world to see.

We are lights in the darkness, just like Jesus was. We must be like Jesus and shine brightly for all the world to see.

Being a military spouse can be hard when many around you do not have the same interests or values as you do. It can make you feel isolated and discouraged at times or maybe it sometimes makes you want to give up on serving God. But just remember, Jesus faced the same problems that we face today. The scriptures we read today only show us the beginning of His persecution for being the Son of God. Jesus faced ridicule, hatred, violence, and so much more for who He was and who His Father was. Because we serve the same God today, we will face the same troubles. Even though we may face the same troubles, we can rest in the assurance of Jesus and His power.

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