Christmas Message #9 Be Still and KNOW THAT I AM GOD
I love Psalms 46: 10 and I hope you will cling to this verse if you are having a hard time this Christmas season. As I’ve said in prior messages, Christmas can be a very hard time for people for many different reasons. One reason is that Christmas doesn't always live up to the promotion and hype. In fact, it rarely does for many people. For many, it can be very disappointing. A lot of people turn to drugs and alcohol and suicide attempts go up at this time of year.
I know I’m repeating myself from earlier Christmas messages this month but we need to be reminded that this is a sad time of year for many and some are reading this now. Sometimes there is a deep sadness at Christmas because of family problems. Maybe your parents have divorced. Maybe your wife or husband has left you. Last year you were with them, and this year you are alone. Or maybe you have lost a loved one. They were with you last year, and they are not there this year. There is deep pain. My wife and I went to two cemeteries last weekend to visit the graves of my parents and brother. I miss them and especially this time of year.
While some are having fun at Christmas, others are in real pain. My message to you is, you need to know that the real message in all the celebrating is that God came to this earth and was born in a stable, and then He went to a cross and died for the sins of the world. That is the message we don't want to lose. He was born to die so that we might live. He went to the cross, died, and rose again, and now He stands at the door of our lives and knocks.
Let's not celebrate the birthday of Jesus and not let Him into his own party. Let's not say no to Him because we are so busy and have so much going on. Open the door of your life and invite Him in. Christmas is my very favorite time of year. I can’t be sad because I know that my parents and brother are in a better place than me and they are enjoying the presence of the Lord.
As I look forward to this time of year, I know there are those who may wonder where God is in their life. You may be wondering whether He has left you. No, He hasn't. He is there. He is Emmanuel—God with us. If you are one of those who suffer pain during the Christmas season, my message to you is to just be still, slow down, tune in, and know that He is God. God Bless!