In preparation of Christmas I got out the boxes and boxes and boxes of decorations. Some bring back precious memories, while others are just a passing fad. I love adding just a little something new every year to keep things fresh though. Did you ever notice that after the ornaments have been hanging on the tree for a few weeks they get kind of dusty? Or is that just at my house? I have an ongoing battle with dust… I hate to dust and I think dust purposely antagonizes me!!!
As I was checking my gift list and what we still need to get… my mind was drawn to Christ, Father’s Gift to us all. The most precious gift ever! In so many ways, it has been a rough year for so many that I care about. But my eyes keep turning back to that original Gift… no matter the circumstances of life the only thing that matters is our relationship with God... that started on that first Christmas morning. Jesus Christ was born in a dusty stable, but from that very moment He started to change the world… He takes all the “dust” and grime of our lives and sweeps it all away never to be seen again, if we just turn to Him.
There have been many questions of why God lets things happen… some feeling like the bad circumstances are a punishment from God. If you look in the Bible there are so many instances when bad things were happening to people and it was not as a punishment! Look at Job for instance… what would we do if all our possessions were taken… we lost our job… our kids were killed??? I know for myself, I probably would ask God why He would allow such things… if He loves me so much how could He let me go through all this pain???
We like to understand things… we like to try and fix things… we think we know more of what we need than God does… admit it, we have all been there. I will admit it… I am impatient… I like to figure things out on my own… I want to live in comfort not pain! But if everything was “peachy keen” all the time how would I ever grow? And truthfully, what would I need God for? God may not bring on any of the distress in our lives but He will allow it… ultimately to be used for His glory!
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
In Job 38 and 39, God and Job are having a “conversation.” If you take the time to read it you will see that God was letting Job know that no matter what his circumstances were God was still in control! God created all things… He should know how to keep things going and in order! Hmm… not so easy to remember sometimes.
Getting back to the gift part… if our Heavenly Father was willing to give up His only Son to restore His relationship with us… why would He ever do anything to cause us harm? He sent Jesus to earth as a precious little baby but He wants us to let Him be so much bigger than we can ever imagine in our lives! So I guess the question is… If Father was willing to give me and you such a precious Gift are we willing to trust Him no matter our circumstances?
“Blessed are the people who know how to praise you. They walk in the light of your presence, O Lord. They find joy in your name all day long. They are joyful in your righteousness because you are the glory of their strength. By your favor you give us victory. Our shield belongs to the Lord. Our king belongs to the Holy One of
Psalms 89:15-18 (GW) Israel
Father, I thank You for Your goodness and the precious Gift of Your Son! I praise You for Your presence… that You will never leave us alone! Lord, You are so faithful! All praise to You!
Rejoicing in Truth!