The Unopened Gift
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
We expect a lot from December: Christmas songs, yummy Christmas cookies, decorations, good food, and time with those we love. As we rush to buy last-minute gifts, we try to remain calm amidst the crowds and busyness. It shouldn’t surprise us that we tend to overlook the one gift that can help us keep perspective during the month of December: God’s Word.
When we open the Bible, we find encouragement for those times when our expectations remain unmet. The birth of Jesus lacked most of the comforts we now associate with Christmas. Mary did not expect to give birth to her first child in a barn. Joseph did not expect Mary to become pregnant before they wed. They were alone and far from family. Despite their difficult circumstances, Mary and Joseph trusted God. They had received the gift of God’s voice and they followed His directions.
We too can hear from God. Scripture reminds us of what is important. It speaks to our deepest needs and keeps us focused on God and His will during each season of life. Let’s not forget to open this gift this Christmas and throughout the year. God’s Word has the counsel, wisdom, grace and power we need. Open it today.