And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in sealing cloths, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angle a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men." Luke 2:9-14 It's the day we have been waiting for: Christmas. It is the day our Savior entered this world.
When the angels left the shepherds, the shepherds said "Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this things that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us." And they hurried there. How many of us hurry to God? I know I didn't, and I still struggle to. It's always been "but what if it doesn't work out?" and "show me something first." It really boils down to trust. Do we trust what He says and who He says He is? The shepherds trusted the word of the angels enough to go see Jesus for themselves. Maybe we should too.
God promised His people a fulfillment of His promise to Israel. He promised a Savior. The thing is that He never told them when. And, I don't know about you, but that's when I start to get frustrated: when I feel God has promised something, but I don't see a fulfillment of that promise when or how I expect to. I get so caught up in the fact that it isn't going my way that I forget to give Him the glory for what is.
And that is what this season has called me to do.
We have to celebrate the arrival of Jesus not just today, but every day. After reading through these passages, I feel called to read my Bible each night. It's something I should be doing, but I've neglected. I am also going to re-begin my gratitude log, but spend a dedicated time to it each day. Has this season of advent called you to anything?
Remember: God works in His ways, which are always better than ours. If He has promised you something, it will come. In the meantime, look around and praise Him for the things you do have. It will often adjust your perspective.
I pray that your Christmas brings you peace and joy.