Monday, December 11, 2006

Nahum 1:7

Nahum 1:7-“The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.”

It’s Christmas time again in the world. Peace on Earth, goodwill toward men and all that. Do you remember when Christmas was that one time of year when the world was like what we all wanted it to be?

Do you remember? I do.

Now it has become so commercialized. Christmas comes earlier each year. And now it’s a war. It’s a war between stores; between shoppers; between people who are normally decent, sane citizens. All of a sudden, they become violent, crazed animals; seeking what they can get at the expense of those around them.

And don’t forget about the ever expanding use of the words “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”. Don’t even get me started on that. Wherever you stand on that issue, it’s sure to be on the wrong side of someone else.

Who is this season dedicated to glorify? Do we remember? No matter what the world says, or what the current, politically correct greeting is, God’s Son is the center of this time.

Is God still on the throne? Well, is He? If not, then let rampant consumerism run amok and let everyone just do whatever feels good and right. Don’t try and say that there is black and white in God’s laws; just let everything be a nice shade of gray.

But if, if God is still on the throne; at what point did He give a rip about what the world thought of Him? Is He less powerful because someone got offended at a word or group of words? Am I less His child?

No, not at all.

He knows me; he knows my trust in Him and His ways for my life. Does that mean that I am doormat for the world? By all means, NO! But there is also a verse that speaks to us, prohibiting us from getting caught up in foolishness of disputing stupid, vain things. (Nope, you have to personally ask me what it is, if you don’t know it already.)

Trust in God to make His will known. He has governed and existed WAY before we came along, and He doesn’t need us to validate His laws and statutes. He made them plain, and said they would not pass away. Heaven and Earth will go to the wayside, before His Word passes away.

God came to Earth as man. He came without sin, and lived among us. He listened to us, ate with us, slept with us. He cried with us, and for us. He watched us live and die by our own deeds. He died for us, and our sin, that we might live with Him forever.

He knows you, and He knows me. Nothing, NOTHING, in the world can take that away from us. Each day the world travels down a path of destruction. It does so of its own decision.

Our job is to take as many off the paved road leading to destruction, and get them to walk the dusty road with us to the streets of gold in Heaven.

Be God’s hands and feet this season. Be secure in the knowledge that no matter what anyone calls it, He knows your heart, and knows that you trust in Him.

Be blessed in the Lord today,

Bo J.

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