December 16th

Story

When the shepherds see the angel, they’re afraid!

Activity

Get those phones ready and have a silly, Christmas-themed photoshoot.

Adult

God’s ways provide real joy and wisdom to humanity (see Psalm 19:7-8). But Satan aims to fool humanity into seeing their own ways as wise (see Genesis 3:6). It’s easy to get tricked because Satan’s deceptions usually reward us with a temporary pleasure. But when humans choose their own instructions over God’s, they cannot find the true and lasting joy they seek.

Read

Psalm 19:7-11, Genesis 3:1-7

Psalm 19:7-11

7  The law of the Lord is perfect,

reviving the soul;

 the testimony of the Lord is sure,

making wise the simple;

8  the precepts of the Lord are right,

rejoicing the heart;

 the commandment of the Lord is pure,

enlightening the eyes;

9  the fear of the Lord is clean,

enduring forever;

 the rules of the Lord are true,

and righteous altogether.

10  More to be desired are they than gold,

even much fine gold;

 sweeter also than honey

and drippings of the honeycomb.

11  Moreover, by them is your servant warned;

in keeping them there is great reward.


Genesis 3:1-7

1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.

He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.



Reflect

  • Compare and contrast the two passages of the day. What words and concepts are repeated in both passages? What do you notice?
  • Pray for renewed trust in God’s good motives towards you. Be honest with him about the ways you have disagreed with him or doubted him and ask for what you need to follow his leadership today.