“She will give birth to a son; and you shall call His name Yeshua, for He will save His people from their sins.” Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by Adonai through the prophet, saying, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and give birth to a son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which means “God with us.””
Matthew 1:21-23 TLV
God is always with us. Through good times and in the midst of chaos, He stands beside us. Although we all know Jesus (Yeshua) wasn’t born in December, and we know that this month was selected to overshadow pagan and non-Christian festivals and holidays, we still celebrate his birth and what it represents for those who worship him and God.
Jesus served as a living, breathing reminder that God was with His people. There was so much pain, fear, frustration, and confusion. The people had been begging for a king to lead them to salvation. The people felt alone and lonely. Many sought comfort praying to idols and other gods. They were desperate. The prophet Isaiah foretold of the birth of Jesus to a human woman. God made it so. Sadly, the majority of people didn’t realize Jesus’ true identity and the salvation he brought until long after he ascended.
God has plans for you. Just like He had plans for Isaiah, John the Baptist and his parents Zechariah and Elizabeth (who conceived through God’s power), Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the disciples (who left and the ones who remained) and countless others. His plans probably differ from yours, but don’t ever think for one minute that He’s not lovingly trying to get you in alignment with Him and His plan for you. You just need to believe, obey, and follow with a grateful heart.
Just like Jesus, you may lead a life where there is great resistance and haters, you may be unappreciated and undervalued, and some may doubt you because they know the old you. Don’t worry about that, just keep focused on glorifying God in all that you do. Some people may not recognize who you truly are and appreciate you until they’re staring at your headstone. It’s not for you to convince them of your calling, of the gifts you possess, and the ways you want to bless them. Just be all that God called you to be and let Him work on their hearts and minds.
You are not alone and you can end your loneliness by simply reaching out each day to Him. Whenever you feel the need to connect, call on Him.
Father, with You and through You all things are possible. With Your son I can find my way to perfect alignment with You. I know that I’m never alone, yet I oftentimes act out as though I’ve been abandoned. Thank You Father for your constant reminders and reassurances. In Your Name I pray and praise, as a follower of Christ. Amen.
We’re two days away from Christmas, and for many people this is a time of joy and for others it is a time of depression. We’re all struggling through “stuff” but let’s just remember that our Father and His Son, and their relationship with us are the reasons for this holiday. Be loving, kind, patient, humble, and appreciative. It’s not about the material gifts but rather the gifts of the Spirit.
Love you all,
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