March 17

Numbers 26:1-51; Luke 2:36-52; Psalm 60:1-12; Proverbs 11:15

As Jesus grew, the Bible says that “… the child grew up healthy and strong. He was filled with wisdom, and God’s favor was on him” (Luke 2:40). This is a powerful statement of how Jesus grew and developed as a young man and child of God.

When He was a young man, and His family traveled to Jerusalem for the Passover, Jesus remained in the Temple, with the teachers of the Law. He was so engrossed in the Word of God and being in the presence of God that when His family packed up to return home, Jesus was not with them. After frantically looking for him, they found Him safely in the Temple listening to the Word of God and being in God’s presence.

The story ends by Jesus continuing to be described as, growing “in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people” (Luke 2:52). How was Jesus able to keep growing in wisdom and favor? He stayed in God’s House listening to God’s Word and being refreshed by God’s Spirit. If you want to see continued favor, blessings and wisdom manifest in your life then stay around God and His people in His House. You will be challenged and changed and God’s favor will chase you down! Lord, let it be said of us, that we grew in wisdom and had favor with God and people!

Tomorrow’s Reading: Numbers 26:52-28:15; Luke 3:1-22; Psalm 61:1-8; Proverbs 11:16-17