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Luke 2:49-52

But he replied, “Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?” Yet his parents did not understand the remark he made to them. Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. But his mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and with people.

Jesus gets left behind as a child. His parents do not realize that he is not with them until a day into their journey home. They return to Jerusalem anxiously looking for their son. They find him in the temple, talking with the scholars and teachers, who are all quite impressed with his understanding of the scripture. Even at a young age, Jesus is about the business of His Father in heaven, and there must have been some business to attend to with the teachers at the temple in Jerusalem. The result is Jesus' "increase" in wisdom, stature, and favor. It's never too early to start following God.

Lamentations 3:22-24

The Lord’s loyal kindness never ceases; his compassions never end. They are fresh every morning; your faithfulness is abundant! “My portion is the Lord,” I have said to myself, so I will put my hope in him.

The Lord's compassions do not fail, and his mercies begin anew each morning. Perhaps yesterday was a bad day for you - nothing came together quite the way you hoped it would. Maybe things are so difficult right now, that you have given up trying to live in the light of Christ. Today is a new day! You have been purchased, and the price was the life of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The battle against your sins is one that the Lord has already won. Any battle or obstacle you face today is a battle that belongs to the Lord - nothing can stand against Him! Let Jesus be your portion!

Isaiah 41:10

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you! Don’t be frightened, for I am your God! I strengthen you—yes, I help you—yes, I uphold you with my saving right hand!

We have nothing to fear from this world or this life, because we have a God who is with us. Our fear should be in the Lord God, because He is the only One who deserves that. God's response as we take courage in Him is to provide strength, and to hold us with His "righteous right hand". The promise is strength, rest in the knowledge that God is there for us. Fear has nothing on hope, and there is no greater hope than the hope that is found in Christ Jesus.

Mark 1:15

Now after John was imprisoned, Jesus went into Galilee and proclaimed the gospel of God. He said, “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the gospel!”

Repent: to feel such sorrow for sin or fault as to be disposed to change one's life for the better; be penitent. The sorrow that is felt at the time of repentance is not a lasting, damaging sorrow that traps us in our past sins. Rather, it is a freeing, convicting, empowering sorrow that helps us receive the grace of God in Christ Jesus, and change our lives. We can live assured in our hope in Christ, because He has forgiven our sins, and continues to give grace as we live our lives for Him. In Christ we are forgiven and made right before God: whiter than snow.

Psalm 16:1-4

Protect me, O God, for I have taken shelter in you. I say to the Lord, “You are the Lord, my only source of well-being.” As for God’s chosen people who are in the land, and the leading officials I admired so much— their troubles multiply, they desire other gods. I will not pour out drink offerings of blood to their gods, nor will I make vows in the name of their gods.

Strong Tower, Mighty Refuge, Fortress: the Bible is clear about God being able to protect. He protects the poor, the helpless, those who cannot defend themselves. Lord God, please receive us when we choose to run to You in the storms and trials of our lives! We take courage in knowing that You are our God and that Your justice is perfect and will be the ultimate outcome of every situation, every disagreement, every threat or disaster in our lives. Be our strength Lord, keep us safe. Emotionally, Physically, Spiritually, and in every way Lord be our "more than enough".