When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
“A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.” Matthew 2:13-18
The Eighth Gift of Christmas: Protection
If you’ve ever been in a parking lot at a children’s event—a baseball game, school function, dance practice, or other— you’ve probably witnessed more than one parent hover with hawk-like prowess over their children. Cars are dangerous! Kids are small! And parents will do everything in their power to keep them safe.
God did the same thing for His son during that first Christmas season. As you may recall, in this story, there’s a pretty clear villain—King Herod. Threatened by the promise of a new king, he sends his soldiers to Bethlehem with orders to murder the male children. You read that right.
Herod’s brutality isn’t a pleasant part of the Christmas story to bring up or throw into a light-hearted holiday gathering, but it is a necessary one. Why? Because this portion of the story demonstrates that God is acutely aware of every threat-carnal and spiritual-that may befall His Son. (As He is with every threat that may beset you or me.)
God doesn’t waste any time transitioning into protective parent mode. He sends an angel to Joseph in a dream to warn him of the impending danger and urge him to take his small, new family and seek safety in Egypt. God protects His child.
He protects you too. Whether you are facing the threat of financial difficulties, an illness or injury or any other such threat to your well-being, know that God is keenly aware of your circumstance and will respond in kind with divine intervention and protection. Granted, His remedy may look different than your prescription. He may not bring healing this time. He may not bring that lost child home. But He will act in accordance with that which will ultimately glorify His great power, which will, in turn, bless you.
Today, millions of people around the world die from preventable illnesses every day. Many of these illnesses come from unsafe water sources. Unlike most of us, many people don’t have access to utility companies that filter out toxins or harmful substances from water sources. These people—moms, dads, children—do not have the necessary safety protocols in place to protect them.
You can send protection to them today. One water filter in the #BGRCatalog will supply a family of five with clean water for an entire year. You can be the hands and feet of God, protecting His children—even His children on the other side of the planet.
This Christmas, take time to remember how God cares for and protects His children. Just like He did for Jesus at the beginning of His life, He does the same for you and me every day. Moreover, He has given us all the chance to extend His protection to others in need. You can be the difference between life and death for a family today!
Father, thank you for knowing so intimately every threat that looms on my path—those I can see and those I can’t. Thank you for demonstrating your protection to Jesus so many years ago so that I may have confidence in your redemptive, healing power. Father, for all those facing an imminent threat from dangerous water sources, please help them receive the blessing of clean water. Help me know how to act in accordance with Your will and extend Your protective wings over those in need.