The last Sunday morning of 2017 and Mother Nature is getting our attention. The churches in our area have canceled primarily because of the risk involved in getting the parishioners out.
I have one more sermon from the Advent study, Christmas Presents That Won’t Break, by James Moore and Jacob Armstrong. Christmas does not really conclude until Epiphany, January 6, therefore the last sermon will be on January 7. I apology for the interruption, but Christ’s birthday is just the beginning.
My Sunday morning sometimes begins very early and I listen to Dr. Charles Stanlely, In Touch Ministries, and this morning he was speaking about Isaiah 64:4. We are to wait on the Lord. That is so difficult, and I needed to hear his words about waiting.
We live in such a state of immediate gratification for almost everything in our lives. I opened up my Bible and read through the verse, and decided I needed to read the Christmas story again. I read Luke 2, and then turned to Matthew also. The references in my Life Application Bible kept noting how Jesus’ birth fulfilled the prophecies.
The prophets spokes at different times in different settings, but the message remained the same. I am reminded how long the Jewish faithful waited for the Messiah and wonder why we think answers from God have to be on our terms. We must place our faith in God and then wait for him. The key, though, is to be open to his speaking or showing us what he wants for us–not from us.
Therefore, as 2017 ends and Mother Nature reminds us that we are just part of this world. Maybe canceling church reminds us that we are subject to all of God’s creation. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May you find peace with God.