I won’t lie friends. My heart is heavy. The local and national events of the day trouble me in inexpressible ways. I have seen and tasted the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living, yet the words of Joshua 3:4 ring afresh, “You have not passed this way before.” I won’t muster anything false, light my own fire, or kindle my own torch. Instead, I cling to the doctrines of grace. I cleave to the glorious Sovereignty of God. Though I cannot see, I am content to wait in darkness because I know it is Him who created the darkness. “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create calamity: I the LORD do all these things” (Isaiah 45:7). The ground of my consolation is the good, and glorious Providence of God and I pray for the quiet trust – the eyes of faith to look beyond all secondary circumstances, agents, and human instruments to the Primary cause who is God alone. “See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc” (Isaiah 54:16).
And so with a sad, but trusting heart I celebrate the Light of the World that pierces the darkness with true hope. Everlasting hope. And yes, praise you Jesus! A weary world, burdened and weighed down with sin, rejoices! Christ is come! Praise be to God!
Kim Shay says
All through history there have been times of horrific acts by humans. Before Jerusalem fell in 70 a.d., all the wars, calamities. Somehow God will redeem it all.
We are a people truly blessed. He who holds the sea in the palm of his hand will make all things right one day. Let us walk in the Spirit. God help us. Peace
Diane Bucknell says
Keepin it real my friend. The holidays have an unusual way of accentuating both joy and sorrow. Praise God. One day there will be no more tears. I love you!
Barbara Thayer says
Amen Christina! We all wait in great expectation of his second return when He will set right all the injustices of this sin sick world. Until then, we live in the shelter of His love and grace. Have a Merry Christmas dear friend!
It is indeed a very sad time but there is so much comfort in the Sovereignty of God! Also, you have cited there Isaiah 47:7 but I believe it should be Isaiah 45:7. Have a very blessed Christmas!
Fixed it! Thank you for the heads up, Charlene! Merry Christmas, sister!
Merry Christmas everyone!