Luke 2:40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.
Jesus’ childhood remains somewhat of a mystery. Many have speculated on the boy Jesus, but the truth is, we really don’t know much about his early life. We know that when he was an infant, his father Joseph took his family and fled to Egypt. And we know that at some point, they came back to Nazareth.
But although we don’t know the details of Jesus’ childhood, this verse tells us the important thing. Jesus grew to be strong – both physically and spiritually. We know he was physically strong, for he surely was trained in Joseph’s trade – carpentry.
Just as His earthly father helped Jesus develop physical strength, Jesus’ heavenly Father helped Him develop spiritual strength. Jesus stayed close to His Father, and because of that, He grew wise. Because of that, God’s grace was upon Him.
There was no miraculous formula. We can all grow, just like Jesus did. Every single one of us, if we spend hours a day in physical exercise, will build our muscles. And every one of us, if we stay close to our heavenly Father, will develop wisdom. We will find grace with our Father, just by daily drawing near to Him.
James 1:5 tells us that if anyone lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault. God’s wisdom and favor wasn’t reserved only for Jesus. As we follow His example by staying close to the Father, and by asking for His guidance in all things, we will be filled with wisdom, just like Jesus. And just like Jesus, we will find God’s grace upon us.
Dear Father, Thank You for giving Your wisdom and grace to all who seek You and stay close to You. Please help me to grow in wisdom, and to find your favor, just like Jesus.
For a second cup, see: 1 Samuel 2:26; Luke 1:80; Luke 2:52