“Your problems may be massive, but your God is infinitely mighty. The sun will fail to shine sooner than his word will fall to the ground — no matter how big our problems.”
God is infinite wisdom, magnificent joy, unyielding power, foundational truth, abounding hope, abundant grace, and endless love. Of all His names… the one that means the most to me is Immanuel; God with us. Every other religion speaks of a God that is distant, but that is not the God we know. Our God loves and has come among us and taken on our form and met our greatest need… salvation from sin and death that includes justification, sanctification, and glorification. This is a salvation promise that brings me boldly into the presence of my God as His child, enabling me to cry ‘Abba!’ God, through the gift of His Son, has promised to do all that and so much more for all those who believe.
Christmas, the birth of Jesus who is the Son of God, is the fulfillment of that promise. Immanuel was born in a manger located in some insignificant place at that time; a place where no one was looking for Him. How often do we miss out on what God is doing because we are looking in the wrong places..? God chooses what is foolish in the world to shame the wise. He chooses what is weak in the world to shame the strong. He chooses what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not… like forgotten towns called Nazareth or Bethlehem. And God works through an unwed girl carrying a child conceived without a human father… to bring to nothing things that are (1 Corinthians 1:27–28). God humbles the strong and magnifies His strength by exalting what the world considers weak. This is how Christmas has turned everything upside down. Hope was found that not so silent night, when the angels sang, the Sheppard’s worshiped, and the wise found the promised King as a child… Immanuel, God with us.
There is no battle you must fight alone, there is no circumstance or trial you must carry by yourself; God has promised and Jesus has come and He walks with those who believe. Your God is so big, so wonderful, and so mighty; there is nothing He cannot do. Put your trust in Him today and look for Him to part the waters of anxiety and fear before you. There is hope and His name is Jesus.
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.””
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Written by David Brown: David Brown is a husband, father, grandfather, Pastor with a Masters of Religious Studies and a Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Religions. Dave is the Associate Pastor of Pemberton’s First Baptist Church.