Making Space – An Advent Devotional


Our Incognito God

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been to many a party where I’d like to hide behind a curtain or melt into the sofa. Everyone seems to know everyone. The place is buzzing with conversation and laughter. The louder it gets, the more I’d like to vamoose. 

It seems like some people make an entrance and love the spotlight at parties. Others, not so much.

Turns out, if you’re in the latter camp, you’re in pretty good company. Jesus slipped into the world quietly. Scripture records that when the times had reached their fulfillment, God became man. There were no trumpet calls, there were no grand announcements (except to a bedraggled group of sleepy shepherds), there were no clicking cameras and no red carpet.

Just a quiet manger. Just Mary, Joseph and a few farm animals, the only witnesses to a world-changing event. 

Even today it’s easy to miss God in the moments that pass us by. We tend to put blessings down to sheer luck or coincidence. We think we’ve earned our way through hard work or our talent. 

We have a gentleman God who doesn’t force His way into our lives, or demand our praise. He longs for us to acknowledge Him. But He never barges in. He doesn’t seek the spotlight – but our very purpose on earth is to reflect His grace and glorify His name.


Father God, thank You for revealing to me that every good and perfect gift is from above. From the fullness of Your grace we have received one blessing after another. Father, let my first instinct be praise. Help me acknowledge that You are the very Author of life and my Provider. Amen