Are you worried about the way the world is going? Does it cause you distress to see how our own nation so often seems to conspire against us as Christians? Does the sound of “Happy Holidays” grate in your ears? Does the commercialism of the season cause you depression?
Instead of despairing about where the world is going, be like Isaiah. Tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us—according to his compassion and many kindnesses.
Instead of moaning about how Santa and commercialism has taken over the holiday, rejoice in the real reason for the season, as Paul did in Galatians: But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.
Instead of fearing what will happen in the future, trust that God still controls the nations, for the good of his children. For your good, just as he did in Jesus’ day: When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
You are God’s dearly loved child. He has made you his child by giving up his own Child. Celebrate Christmas, still! There’s no reason to stop smiling and rejoicing. You are God’s child, and nothing the world can do can make you anything else.
The fear of the nations is nothing new. Take a look at Psalm 2. As you read, see how the nations even thousands of years ago hated God. As you meditate on the psalm, notice God’s reaction. And then rejoice as you see how God treats his own children… as he treats you. God’s Child has made you his child, so rejoice! Your God has saved you!
1 Why do the nations conspire
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth take their stand
and the rulers gather together
against the LORD
and against his Anointed One.
3 “Let us break their chains,” they say,
“and throw off their fetters.”
4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
5 Then he rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
6 “I have installed my King
on Zion, my holy hill.”
7 I will proclaim the decree of the LORD:
He said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have become your Father.
8 Ask of me,
and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You will rule them with an iron scepter;
you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”
10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with fear
and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry
and you be destroyed in your way,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.