This Christmas season has brought something special to our family. Colton is 4.5 and Ryland 2.5. The word anticipation has taken a whole new meaning. It is the first year that Colton remembers last Christmas and how exciting it all can be. So he has been ecstatic over all things Christmas: lights, songs, movies, decorating the christmas tree, christmas cookies… He thoroughly enjoys it all as he anticipates Christmas day.
The people of Jerusalem also had a deep anticipation in their heart, ever since the words spoken in Isaiah 7:14, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign; Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.” The day Jesus was born the promise of the coming savior was fulfilled.
Christmas is a time to remember that God fulfills His promises.
I’ve spent some time meditating over what the birth of Jesus really meant. How long they had been waiting for this coming savior and the emotions that must have taken place. I think about our life and how often we can become skeptical of God and want to take our life into our own hands because we lack the confidence that God really will do what He says He will do.
Romans 4:21-22, “He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever He promises. And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous.”
I believe when we are certain that God will come through on His word there are three major fruits in our life: Hope, Joy and Peace.
Hope that change is coming. Hope for restoration. Hope for an open door. Hope for what is to come.
Joy comes from His presence, power and purpose being discovered through our circumstance. It comes from needing Him and trusting His abilities in whatever we’re going through. It also comes from knowing the “best” of God’s presence can be found through the hardest times.
Peace comes when we no longer look at our circumstances but keep our eyes fixed on God, trusting He holds us in His hands and has our best interest in mind.
I want to encourage you to take some time this season to think about what it means to really believe God fulfills His promises. What promise have you been waiting on? What area do you need God to come through in? This season remember the birth of Jesus and how that fulfilled promised changed everything for us. Let the significance of His birth restore your faith that He will do what He said He would do and through that experience all the Hope, Joy and Peace that comes with it.