Sunday, December 13, 2015

Finding Christmas: Sustenance for the Weary

The Holiday Season (November 1 to January 1) can be exhausting. 

For those who are already busy, adding shopping, cooking, travel, and hosting guests can make a tight schedule overwhelming. I've been there.

The Holiday Season can be heartbreaking. 

For those who are estranged from loved ones or separated by miles or circumstances, the distance can seem insurmountable. Waiting for reconciliation, waiting for change can seem interminable. I've been there.

The Holiday Season can be hopeless. 

For those who have lost loved ones, for those who are suffering from mental or physical illness or are walking through illness with those they love, a poor prognosis can turn a time of hope and joy into hopelessness and sorrow. I've been there, too.

Not everyone's life is full of light. 

All of us have hard times, and in those hard times, we could use an encouraging word. 

Isaiah was referring to the Messiah when he wrote, 

"The Lord God has given Me the tongue of disciples, that I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word."  Isaiah 50:4 nasb

When we struggle with exhaustion, heartbreak, hopelessness, or sorrow, there is One who can sustain us. Only One. 

Our Lord can strengthen us with a word, and He will.

Our tendency is to look to the world for strength and sustenance, but the world is a cold and lonely place. It has nothing to give. 

Only our Lord can help us in our hour of greatest need.

Are you overwhelmed? Grieving? Out of hope? Open your Bible and let the Word of God provide you with the Word you desperately need. Let Him pour balm on your soul. 

This morning, look to Jesus for the answers to every struggle you have. He has the words you need to hear. 

Only Jesus.

Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy-laden, 
and I will give you rest. 
Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, 
for I am gentle and humble in heart 
and you shall find rest for your souls.
Matthew 11:28-29 nasb

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