12 “This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

What is the purpose of signs? Have you ever asked for a specific sign? Signs are evidence of God’s miraculous work. They can take many forms and are found all throughout Scripture. For the shepherds that night, God provided a clear sign for them to know that the Messiah had been born. It doesn’t get more obvious than an angel with a multitude of heavenly hosts shining their glorious light from the sky.

We may often wish that God would give us such an obvious sign. However, because of Jesus, we can be confident that God is always with those who belong to Him, even in the mundane and routine moments of life.

He is here! The long awaited, prophesied, anticipated sign has finally come: Immanuel—God with us. Do you regularly recognize this? He lives within His people every moment of the day. God wants us to give the world a sign of our love for Him. We are to be a sign of His love and messengers of hope in Him to a lost and hurting world.

• Has God ever clearly given you a sign? If so, what was it? How does He want to use you to point someone else to Him?

• How does the coming of Christ give you encouragement that God is with you at all times, even when it seems like there are no obvious signs?

• Ask God to help you show your love for Him by loving others.