’Tis The Season Of Faith
Isaiah 55:8 & 9 (NASB)
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
We have been sharing on the subject of Christmas for two weeks now. Most of you would have already known how Jesus came into the world and how He has made a tremendous impact on all the people’s lives, ours included. Today, however, I just feel that it would be worthwhile to take a look at what took place just before our Savior’s birth and what exactly it was that even made the greatest Gift of God to walk amongst us and carry out His ministry during that period of time.
Joseph and Mary should not be strangers to most of us – both of them are the earthly parents of Jesus. The Bible records that though both of them were pledged to be married to one another, Mary was found to be pregnant by the Holy Spirit even before they came together. Subsequently, Joseph was intending to divorce her quietly as it was in accordance to the law but an angel of the Lord told him to proceed with the marriage and give the Baby the name ‘Jesus’. That was basically what happened in a nutshell but I just want us to stop and think. Christmas after Christmas we read this passage and probably just take it as it is, but has it ever occurred to you how much faith it must have taken for both sides to accept this and to go with the leading of the Father?
At that point in time, I’m sure they could have thought about how others would look at them, fingers being pointed, murmurs of gossip being spread among others that this child was not Joseph’s. Imagine yourself in the shoes of either of them and I’m sure that most of us would not act in the same way they did. But the fact of the matter is that they chose not to see what the world might think of them. They heard God and obeyed even though they did not have a complete knowledge of what was to happen in the future. We know what happens after that: The greatest Gift mankind has ever known entered the world.
Therefore today, I want to reinforce the importance of faith, coupled with action. God’s ways are higher than our ways, and most of the time we won’t be able to understand what He is doing or why He is working in this manner until the final outcome has been reached. Maybe the Lord has impressed in your heart to do something, or to not do something, but you’re afraid of all the condescending and judgmental looks you’ll receive. I just want to encourage you and tell you that at the end of the day, whether or not we get judged by the people around us, we are really only accountable to one Person, God. So keep that in mind as you go about your daily tasks and when you have to make certain decisions. Besides, you might never know how your actions will be received if you don’t even try. Don’t let the voices in your head that discourage you from acting in faith deter you from getting the full range of blessings God has in store for you.
Remember, that as much as this is the season of giving, it is also a season to strengthen our faith to expect greater things. In fact, every day of our lives should be like that and it should not be limited to Christmas alone. I’ll leave you with something my Pastor once said: if you think you do not seem to be getting what you know God wants for you, bear in mind that God’s ‘Yes’ comes in three main forms – a plain ‘Yes’, ‘Yes’ but not now and ‘Yes’ but not the way you expect. So keep all these things in mind and I am sure greater blessings are headed your way!
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I thank You for Your love for me, that You desire to bless me and make me the head and not the tail. Father, it is my prayer that even as I continue to look towards You for direction and guidance, I will also act in obedience and willingness to whatever You have called me to do without paying heed to what the world might think. May I make You my heart’s desire and strengthen my faith with Your Word, that I may be able to be used by You mightily to not only be a blessed person but a blessed person that constantly seeks to bless others with what I have. I thank You that while I might have my fair share of valleys and mountains, I know You are more than able to fill the valleys and level the mountains as long as I wait upon You and trust in You. May all the praise and glory go out to You. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.”