Growing up, my favorite dessert snack was a Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pie. (I still eat them sometimes today and always have them at my home for my grandchildren!) Mom and Dad bought them for me and my two sisters to have for a snack when we got home from school.
Many days, I would find hiding spots to hide the pies so that my sisters couldn’t find them. When my mom found out about it, she asked me why I was hiding it, and I just told her that “I was saving it for later.”
The Bible tells us that there was to be a man who would come and would save us from our sin. He would come and be King of our lives and hearts. A new way of governing things would come with Him, and His name would be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
And so on a night in Bethlehem, a Savior was born. They named Him Jesus. The Bible tells us that three wise men followed a star and brought this baby King gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Royal, Kingly gifts for a baby. Why not baby gifts for a baby?
Because God is known for giving us gifts before we ever need them. God is known for showing us our purpose long before it comes to pass. From David’s anointing by Samuel, but having to wait through Saul, to Joseph’s coat of many colors having to wait in prison for his day. God is known for giving gifts before the gifts are needed.
God is known for giving us gifts before the gifts are needed.
So you may be frustrated because you know there is more inside of you than what you are doing currently. You may be eager to do something that drives you to wake up every morning, but see no way that it will happen. You have a glimmer of hope but it threatens to go out at any moment as the dreams linger.
Today, my friend, I want to remind you that the wise men brought gifts to Jesus long before He would ever need them. As a matter of fact, many say that they represented gold as royalty, frankincense as priestly, and myrrh as sacrifice. Some say these would have been things preparing Him for burial, even as a baby.
Never question your gifts. They are just what they are: gifts. They are gifts from God with intended use. And in His perfect timing, those gifts will serve you well and serve others well for the glory of our great God who gave them to you long ago. Hang on. God is saving them for later.
You are loved,