“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
Let’s face it, the majority of people realize the hustle and bustle of the holiday season makes them tired, stressed, overspent, and over-stuffed. Yet, we tend to give into the overwhelming pressures of marketing and society as we, with good intentions, try to make the most of the season. In doing so, we miss the joy, peace, and the glory of God.
Let’s take a look at some first century characters who witnessed the joy of the Lord.
In obedience to the Lord, Joseph witnessed Jesus, the Savior. “Joseph…did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him…And he gave him the name Jesus.” Matthew 1:24,25
In seeking to worship the King of the Jews, the Magi witnessed the newborn king. “On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.” Matthew 2:11
In the stillness of the night, the shepherds witnessed the babe, the Messiah. “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” Luke 2:15
In righteous devotion and waiting, Simeon witnessed the child Jesus. “Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: ‘Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation.’” Luke 2:28-30
In worship, fasting, and prayer, Anna witnessed the child, the Redeemer. “She gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.” Luke 2:38
With a servant’s heart, Mary witnessed the child, the Savior whose kingdom will never end. “She gave birth to her firstborn, a son…he was named Jesus.” Luke 2:7,21
It is often said that peace with God is the fruit of oneness with Him. Through our time in His awesome presence, He settles our souls, fills our hearts with peace, strengthens us for the struggles ahead, and teaches us His ways. It’s time our 21st century Christmas looks a little more like the 1st century.
Prayer: Father, I ask that your people can trade in the hectic schedule for stillness, seeking, devotion, worship, fasting, prayer, and pure obedience to the Lord. May we learn to look for Him in the stillness of the day and anticipate His glory in the most unexpected places. In Jesus’ name, Amen.