If God is for me . . . who can be against me?

Oh God Bless our nation once again . . .

New Christmas Prayer Guide from IFA

 

 

As we celebrate the wonderful gift of Jesus, we ask You to remember our nation—to bless our nation once again.

 

 

As December rushes by, my heart goes out to those who are hurting, scared, or confused.  Christmas is a joyful time for many, but not for everyone – especially in the challenging times we have endured over the past year.

 

Most families have been touched, and not in a good way, by the pandemic, the mandates, and the fear and anxiety that goes with it.  Many have lost loved ones and some have lost jobs so there seems to be little reason for celebration.

 

I can imagine Mary, the chosen mother of Jesus, felt much the same way.

 


 

 

Looking back through the book of Luke, we find Mary was visited by an angel to give her the good news that she was going to be with child.  Mary, a virgin, was going to become pregnant.  

 

This good news meant she may have to deal with the stigma of being a woman pregnant before marriage.  Not only that, but nine months later when it was time to give birth, Joseph couldn’t even find a safe, warm place for her as the time arrived to bring this Son of God into the world.  No one had room for them.  This holy child was born in a manger. This woman, chosen by God, gave birth in a stable, surrounded by animals, hay, and cold.  How could this be?

 

Yet, I find no place in scripture where Mary complained.  Quite the opposite.  In Luke 1:47, scriptures declare, “And Mary said: ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God, my Savior.’”

 

Today, we again find ourselves in times of uncertainty. As we face serious challenges, it is understandable to question God, to wonder where He is in all this.  Like Mary, it seems there is no safe place to lay our head and rest.  How can we possibly give birth to the things God has placed in our hearts? Can we even celebrate during this time?

 

Like Mary, we must choose to magnify the Lord and choose to rejoice in God. We reflect on what we already know—Christmas is not about us. It’s not about presents, family gathering, or parties. It is all about Jesus, our Lord. Even when we don’t understand. Even when it looks like He is not watching over us, as Mary may have felt.

 

He is still Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and He is still the Prince of Peace.  He has not changed. The truth found in Luke is still truth.

 

“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Highest and the Lord God will give him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end” (Lk 1:32,33.)

 

In this season of uncertainty, one thing remains clear. Jesus has not changed. The reason for this season has not changed. May we choose this year to magnify the Lord and rejoice in God our Savior.

 

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11.01 | 20:32

this is so beautiful and such a testimony to the Lord's healing power and sanctification through our suffering. Much of my walk with Christ is similar to yours.

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Shavua Tov

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17.11 | 19:56

Awesome brother. May it be as you have testified of God's word. Thank You! God bless you!!!

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