More, More, More – Season of Excess

23 Dec

Food, gifts, decorations, and food again – it is a season of overload in many ways. Friends, family, work, and shopping – things that busy our December days. 

Recently, I read these verses in Haggai from Ch1: 4 – 6.

“Is it a time for you to be living in your paneled houses while this house (referring to the temple) remains a ruin? Now this is what the LORD Almighty says. Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”

Every day requires a committment, a choice to pursue the eternal over the temperal. Ironically, this may be most true in the month of December, when we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus. Are we remembering to truly celebrate that and not the meaningless aspects of “the holidays?”

The coming of our Lord as that baby shows God’s great provision for us. Everything we need for true and eternal life came in that infant, both God and man wrapped in the graciousness and compassion of our heavenly Father’s love. If not for that night in Bethlehem, we’d have no hope of heaven. No hope of seeing our passed loved ones again. Every good and perfect gift comes from above.

My prayer is to celebrate every day the gracious gift of Jesus. And to remember, when he returns, he will be the conquering king bringing judgement. We are reliant on Jesus and it is only in him that we will be truly satisfied in a lasting life.

Perhaps the prayer of Proverbs 30:7 – 9 provides the heart that can rely on Christ in such a way.

“Two things I ask of you, O LORD; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.”

Amen.

Completed Bible Reading to Date:

Old Testament: Finished through Zechariah Ch 5

New Testament: Finished through Revelation Ch 14

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