Appreciating and Expecting

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Christmas could mean a lot of things to different people. Some see it as a day where their family can get together after a hard year’s work and enjoy a wholesome meal by the fireplace. Some could see it as an opportunity to receive truckloads of presents and others might see it as a chance to exploit the highly anticipated Christmas sale and grab everything they can get their hands on in the departmental store.

Needless to say, what is mentioned above is certainly not a bad thing, but one thing is for certain, and that is that Christmas is definitely bigger than all that! Many of us, believers and non-believers alike, know the story of Jesus’ birth and His entry into the world in a humble manger relatively well. My question then, would be: So, as a believer of Christ, what have you taken away from this knowledge? Does this knowledge impact or change your way of life in any way?

Personally for me, whenever I think about our Savior’s birth, it is a really solemn reminder for me to count my blessings and appreciate all that God has put in my hands, no matter how much or little I may think I currently have. Jesus’ entry into this world, as most might be aware of, did not occur in the most glorious of places. In fact, it happened in a manger, where all the animals resided. What is key though, is that even though it might not be as grand as one would expect, it was the greatest miracle from God and a Gift from Him. Prophet after prophet, they prophesied the coming of the Lord but it is so ironic that when He actually arrived, not many could recognize Him as the One who was going to suffer for our transgressions and iniquities because He loved us so much.

I strongly feel that this can be translated to our present as well. I’m sure there were instances where you did not feel satisfied with your circumstances and you kept asking God for more. Without a doubt, there is nothing wrong with asking God to bless you with what you so desire but what is of paramount importance is that even before we do any asking, we have to just take a step back and quieten our spirit to see all the miracles God has done which we may have overlooked. It may have been something big, may have been something small but regardless of size, remember it is still a miracle, it is a sign of God’s providence. As you do this, you will start to appreciate the greatness of our Father and how He knows our needs better than ourselves. This really helps us to understand that we may have wants and needs and important as it is to verbally tell and ask of God to fulfill them, it is far more important to just let Him have His way and not restrict how He is going to meet our needs.

Once you know all these things, it gives you even more meaning to expect from God because you know that whatever way He chooses to bless you, it will work out for your good. God loves a heart that appreciates, God loves a grateful heart, so I encourage you today to just set apart some time to reflect upon His goodness and providence and I am sure it will put a smile on your face.

Let’s pray.

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that You have sent Your Son down to us so that we might be able to be cleansed and made righteous in Your Holiness. I thank You for this new life that You have given to me, that I am able to speak with You freely, unashamed of my past. I pray that even as I continue to spend time with You, You would bring to my remembrance all the things You have done for me and the situations You have brought me through, big or small, because I know that all of them are signs of Your goodness and providence. May I be ever so thankful for every single thing You are going to do and I pray that through all of that, I would become a testimony for both believers and non-believers alike, so that Your Name can be glorified in the world. Thank You once again and all the glory, honor and praise go out to You in everything I do. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

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