“Suddenly a vast, heavenly army appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among people with whom he is pleased!” – Luke 2:13-14

Why do a group of shepherds get to witness such a glorious spectacle? And who would believe them?

I often marvel at the people to whom God chooses to reveal himself in the most glorious ways. The friends of mine who have had some of the most vivid dramatic encounters with God are not the ones that I would have chosen.

I remember a young teenager coming up to me years ago, while I was a youth pastor. At the time I had never seen a vision or had any encounter with God, other than by reading the Bible. This student wanted to share with me what God had spoken to him in a vision.

My thoughts—and I’m ashamed to admit it—were, “Wouldn’t God give me, the youth pastor a vision if he was going to speak to anyone?” Obviously so, right? I was the full time, paid guy who studied, had the college and seminary degrees, etc. Wouldn’t God speak to me before He’d speak to some untrained little teenager?

WOW! The arrogance that I was bound with!

Lord God, keep astounding us. Let us be as humble as the shepherds.

“Suddenly a vast, heavenly army appeared with the angel, praising God” – Luke 2:13

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