This is the devotional God had me write for my previous church. I thought you might want to read it since I talked about it yesterday. And it just “happens” to fit with the Word of the Day today.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1-5
Christmas is the season of Lights. We drive from neighborhood to neighborhood just to look at the lights twinkling in the darkness. Technology has even come so far as to allow us to set up entire light shows set to music with our Christmas decorations. Yet even all the splendor and beauty of this season can’t even come close to comparing to THE Light.
Jesus is the Light that shines in the darkness of our darkest moments. He brings hope to the most hopeless of times in our lives. And it is in Him and through Him that we too shine brightly in those dark moments. It is for His glory and the salvation of those around us observing our circumstances and the way that we handle them. Will we be able to weather this storm with the God who claims to be our shield and refuge, an ever present help in times of trouble?
You can weather any storm when the God of Peace is in your boat; even if he seems to just be sleeping. You have to wonder, if perhaps, He was laying there pretending to be asleep, waiting to see how long it would take them to remember He was there and could help.
God is not asleep. He has not turned His back on you. He has not left you in this dark place without a light. He has not led you into this storm to weather it alone.
He is with you!
He is Immanuel, God with us.