Friday, December 25, 2020

With God and with Hope

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Isaiah 9:6 (KJV) For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Freddie grew up in a Christian home and attended a neighborhood children's Bible study called "Bible club".

It was in the Bible club that Freddie learned memory verses like today's Bible verse. But as Freddie grew older, he strayed away from the Lord because of the wrong company. He now only went to church for weddings, burials, and thanksgivings.

During a certain Christmas season, his neighbor invited him to Christmas worship service in their church and he attended because he was interested in dating her and he felt this would soften the ground.

During the service, the pastor started reading from today's Bible verse. Because it had been in Freddie's memory, he remembered it and muttered it while the preacher read it. That was not the only thing Freddie remembered that day. He remembered the peace, joy, and love he enjoyed as a child when he accepted the Lord Jesus in “Bible club”. He remembered the assurance and hope that filled his heart because he was now a member of God's family.

As he remembered these things, he began to cry because he realized that he had been running away from God all his life. He was now weary and heavy-laden. He wanted rest and peace for his soul. He wanted to come back to the place he once knew as a little child when he felt safe and secure in God's love.

Today is Christmas and believers are celebrating the Lord Jesus Christ. Many unbelievers are also celebrating and trying to ease the burden of their souls through the festivities and celebrations, hoping that this period of celebration would drown the emptiness and hopelessness in their hearts. Many will drink and get drunk because they want to drown away their frustration.

As we celebrate the Lord today, let's remember that because of Him, we have eternal life: rest for our souls, peace, joy, security, and hope. We are not like unbelievers who are without hope and without God in the world (Ephesians 2:2). We have hope and God. We are certain of an eternal future filled with such glory that our current minds are unable to fully comprehend.

Go into today remembering to thank the Lord for coming to give us hope, peace, and rest for our souls. Pray for people like Freddie who are lost. Ask the Lord to restore them. Pray for others who have never known the Lord, that they would be drawn unto the Lord.

Have a blessed and fruitful Christmas in Jesus’ name.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

Bible In One Year: Psalms 131-133
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