Sunday, December 19, 2021

Faith In The Christmas Season

The story of Jesus' birth gives us assurance, confidence and joy because even though the waiting lingered for decades, God broke in at just the right time.

Are you in the midst of going through a tough or trying time?  Are you struggling with a lack of faith?  Let me bring you some encouragement and hope.  It doesn’t take much faith to get God's attention. When Jesus was here on earth he told the people,  "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you”  Matthew 17:20.  

I’m sure you have hear the saying “You can grow a tree in one day.”  That’s very true but here is some good news for you!   Jesus Himself  invites us all to begin with a tiny seed.  He encourages us to watch it grow and wait for it to become all that you dreamed it would be. This is a truth from Jesus’ own lips as we read in Matthew 17.  

I read the following in a devotional:

"We expect everything to be at our fingertips the moment we have the desire for it. It's a world we're growing into and it's addicting. We live in a world of easy downloads, instantaneous email, on demand and food prepared in a few minutes. Yet God finds ways of making us wait. Waiting and faith go hand-in-hand."

  • We wait for the baby we've dreamed we'd hold in our arms.
  • Some are waiting for their prodigal son to come to the end of himself and return home.
  • Many of us are waiting for the phone to ring so we can return to a job with a normal salary and benefits.
  • Others are waiting for an eye-opening spiritual breakthrough.

The Christmas Advent season is all about faith and waiting.  Let me ask you a question, what are you waiting on God for?  Have you been waiting days, week, months or even years?  Speaking of waiting,  God's people waited for years and I mean years for the Messiah but they held on to faith that His promises were true!  But the Messiah came!  God sent His son on that very day in Bethlehem.  As you reflect on the birth of Jesus reflect on the fact that God's timing is quite different from ours.  The story of Jesus' birth encourages us to not give up and to keep believing for what we are believing for.  

If you are struggling this Christmas season I encourage you to hold on to faith and to remember the promises of God.  He is faithful and will come through for you.   


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