Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Heart of Christmas: The Stabilizer


In the midst of uncertain times, we serve a for-sure, never-fail God. 

Isaiah wrote about a time that would be filled with destruction, tumult, and fear. No matter what comes, he wrote, God will still be God.

"The Lord is exalted, for He dwells on high;
He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness.
And He shall be the stability of your times,
A wealth of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge;
The fear of the Lord is his treasure." 
Isaiah 32:5-6 nasb

It's a reminder I need today. Regardless of how far behind I am, how much work I have to do, how uncertain my finances, or how unclear my future seems, God is still God. 

He is still exalted. 

He still dwells on high. 

He still offers justice and righteousness. 

None of our circumstances can change who God is.

The fear (respect, reverence) of the Lord is still our treasure, for when we seek Him, we will find Him. 

Not only do we find relationship with the Most High God, we also find a wealth of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. It's not just a smattering, but more-than-we-need abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. 

Do we need salvation? Our God is a sinner-saving God.

Do we need wisdom? Our God is a wisdom-giving God.

Do we need stability? Our God is a tumult-stabilizing God.

Do we need hope? Our God is a hope-giving God.

He's a bondage-breaking, future-making, peace-filling God who is able to handle any circumstance we face. 

This Christmas season, let's stop looking to the world for joy and peace. Let's turn our eyes to Jesus, who broke the chains of sin with His precious blood. 

He's the One who loves us most. 

Let's do more than embrace the manger. Let's surrender our hearts to Him in whom our treasure lies. 

Let's live with the cross behind us and heaven itself before us, for the Christ child has come, and He's come for me. He's come for you. 

We once were hopeless, but He has come to give us all the hope we need.

Hallelujah!

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In case you missed it, here's the link to yesterday's post: The Heart of Christmas: God's Great Compassion
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