Do you feel insecure as we go through this Advent season? You do if your marriage is less than solid. You do if your job is at risk. You might if you have medical problems. If you have lost a loved-one in the last year, insecurity could be part of your grief.
Pastor James Moore of Houston Texas tells a story about a young man whose wife had died, leaving him with a small son. Back home from the cemetery, they went to bed early because there was nothing else he could bear to do.
As he lay there in the darkness–grief-stricken and heartbroken, the little boy broke the stillness from his little bed with a disturbing question, “Daddy, where is mommy?”
The father got up and brought the little boy to bed with him, but the child was still disturbed and restless, occasionally asking questions like “Why isn’t she here?” and “When is she coming back?”
Finally the little boy said, “Daddy, if your face is toward me, I think I can go to sleep now.” And in a little while he was quiet and asleep.
The father lay there in the darkness, and then with a childlike faith, he prayed this prayer: “O God, I don’t see how I can survive this. The future looks so miserable. But if your face is toward me, somehow I think I can make it.”
That’s what the Messiah came to teach us: that God’s face is always towards us. Therefore, let the Messiah replace your insecurity this Advent with the following bedrock conviction: God and you are in this together. Nothing can happen that God and you together cannot manage. Nothing will ever be able to separate you from his love. Now, that’s real security.
Thanks to Brett Blair and James W. Moore
Do YOU feel that God’s face is always towards YOU?
LET GOD HAVE YOUR LIFE. GOD CAN DO MORE WITH IT THAN YOU CAN!!
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