Stressed out about Christmas?
With the Christmas season here, don’t get stressed out. Consider the real meaning of Christmas. Take or make time to consider reading the Bible daily, espeically in the morning. The Psalmist wrote, “Cause me to hear thy loving kindness in the morning: for in thee do I trust. Cause me to know the way I should walk, for I lift up my soul unto thee” (Pslam143:8).
A man and his wife Christmas shopping saw a manger scene in a store window. “Look at that!” said the husband. “They’re trying to put ‘religion’ into Christmas.”
Well, the manger scene points to the less stressful Christmas. And looking at the Psalm just quoted we see how God takes the stress out of life.
This is a beautiful and meaningful prayer to start the day, and one that God must delight to answer. It is very simple, with two requests and two declarations, yet it can reach the very heart of God. Because we trust in His Word, we hear Him speak through it as we read it at the beginning of the day. And as we hear Him speak, we rejoice again in His loving kindness, especially in sending the Savior that first Christmas Day, to save our souls and give us guidance for our ways.
Then we are emboldened once again to lift up our souls to Him, not just our voices. Ask Him for clear guidance in the way in which we should walk today. The Psalmist also prays, and so should we: “Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God. Thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness” (Psalm 143:10).
God will “cause (us) to know the way (we) should walk” by the Holy Spirit if we sincerely desire to know and to follow His will, and to be led in the paths of righteousness. He will never lead us, of course, in any path contrary to His revealed Word.
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 110:105).
But when He is given all priority in our lives — at Christmastime and always — when we love and study and obey His Word, and when we sincerely call on Him for daily guidance in His will, He will surely answer.
“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your path” (Proverbs 3:6).
“This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him” (I John 5:14-15).
So instead of being stressed out by a world-view of Christmas, look to God for His view. We’ve many times seen and heard that “Jesus is the reason for the season.” Keep it in your heart and mind.
If you have a Bible question write to Pastor Lenard Huebscher, Grace Baptist Church, 12721 - 75th Street North, Stillwatert MN, 55082 www.stillwaterbaptist.net