First of all: Merry Christmas!
We typically hear and quote Scriptures from Isaiah in connection with this wonderful time of year. Unto us a Son is given, and unto us a Child is born. He shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace. Immanuel - God with us. I encourage you today to consider the Scripture that is probably one of the best known in the world...and then attach it to Christmas:
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16
I was watching "The Nativity Story" the other night, and we were discussing how Herod's men checking Joseph and Mary as they travelled to Bethlehem in the movie did not suspect him of being a threat. I felt a beautiful and fresh revelation of something I already knew. The Father wrapped His Son in humility, hiding His Gift in a way that no one would have expected.
Isn't that just like Him? His ways seem so opposite of how we would have gone about it.
He hid Him.
He didn't send forth trumpeted announcements to the kings of the earth, but He sent angels to declare it to the shepherds. He placed His gift in humility's finest, gift-wrapped in swaddling cloths.
Our God chooses the foolish things of the world to shame the wise. He chooses the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chooses those things that are not to nullify the things that are. The message of the cross is foolishness to many, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. The message of the King born in a stable is unfathomable, but to those who believe He is the greatest Gift that we have ever received.
What's the takeaway? I urge you today to recognize the Lord's "hidden" gifts in your life. I encourage you to sense how His answers to your prayers may not come in the package you are expecting. The greatest gifts are worth seeking past the obvious to find them.
The greatest Gift is worth believing the unbelievable to receive Him.
Father, thank You that You hid Your Son when You sent Him to this earth for us. You protected Him, and You gave us the opportunity to believe in what seems unbelievable. You chose humility, so Lord, I choose humility so that I may find You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah 7:14, John 3:16, 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, Philippians 2:5-11, Zephaniah 2:3