Christ-Centered Christmas -- Day 13

December 15, 2015

 

 

READ: Luke 2:1-35

 

Yesterday, we talked about the fact that life is messy. Another way to put that is to say that “life is not sanitized.” As much as we might like it to be, it is not. Moreover, as much as we have tried to sanitize the birth of Christ, it was not either.

 

Jesus was not born in a warm cozy stable. He did not sleep on soft, clean straw. The animals were not well-groomed and deodorized. It was a cave that doubled as a stable. It was dark and dank and smelly and dirty. Flies probably swarmed around piles of manure.

 

Think further that Mary gave birth to the greatest gift the world has ever known as one half of an unwed, homeless couple many miles from friends and family. What can we take from all of this? In the midst of life’s messiness, the fear, the uncertainty, and the pain, Christ is there. And He makes all the difference!             

 

 

THINK 

The gifts we seem to remember most are the ones that come when life is hard and we are feeling desperate. Can you think of a gift you received during such a time? What was it?

 

 

How did God announce His presence to the shepherds during that cold and dark winter’s night?

 

 

In the midst of the great pain of childbirth, and the fear and uncertainty regarding their surroundings, Joseph and Mary had God right there with them. How are you comforted to know that during the tough times, God is right there with you?

 

 

PRAY

  • Thank God because He promises to never fail or forsake you

  • Confess to God, if necessary, despairing in your difficult circumstances instead of trusting and relying on Him

  • Ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His presence

  • Ask God to guide you toward a closer more intimate walk with Him

 

APPLY

  • Remind yourself that Emmanuel means “God with us.” You are not alone. You are never alone. God is with you

Please reload

Featured Posts

Seek More than Sticker Chart Success

November 14, 2017

1/10
Please reload

Recent Posts

September 1, 2017

February 8, 2017

December 26, 2016

Please reload

Search By Tags