It’s Christmas time again and we focus on the babe in the manger. Yes, that baby, Jesus, came to die on the old rugged cross. He sacrificed His life so that spiritually dead sinners could have new life. Jesus was truly God’s gift to us.
Sometimes that is about as deep as our thoughts go. I would like to unwrap some other gifts that are under God’s Christmas tree.
I’ve thought the last few days about the greatness of God. He is absolutely gigantic, humongous, and so huge that I cannot fully comprehend it. God is enormous. Just take a minute right now to stop and think about how big God is. Doesn’t it boggle your mind? He is out there and has been out there forever. He created everything and everyone and is in complete control of it all. He is Sovereign!
1Ti 6:15a NASB …He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords.
And He can do whatever He wants in any situation. It certainly does boggle my mind.
Then, think about how huge He is in comparison to us. That is truly amazing! Dump out a few grains of salt from a salt shaker into your hand. Then pick out one of those tiny grains and really look at it. From God’s perspective we must look something like a grain of salt. We are so teeny tiny compared to Him. We can simply blow on that little grain of salt in our hand and it will fly away never to be found again. God could just blow us away in an instant too. That is sobering! We are at His complete mercy. And, he is a merciful God!
With that in mind, the Bible teaches us how much God loves us. Actually, He is Love.
1Jn 4:16b NASB …God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
We are His own creation and are fearfully and wonderfully made!
Psa 139:14 NASB I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.
How intricate our bodies are. It’s amazing how all the different parts of our bodies work together to make us stay alive. That is all God’s doing to this tiny grain of salt. Amazing!
Now, do you think this huge God can keep us? Do you think He can take care of us? There is no question about that. His Word is full of promises about how he will provide all our needs.
Php 4:19 NASB And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
He tells us not to worry or be anxious about anything.
Php 4:6 NASB Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Do you think that is harsh of Him to tell us to not be anxious about anything? I say no, because when we are believers He has promised to carry the load for us. We do not have to worry or fret about anything. He is truly in control, even when we feel out of control. You see He is never out of control. Our problem is that we go according to our feelings, and forget He is there. That is our downfall! We have to rise about our feelings and look at the facts.
When we were saved along with the promise of forgiveness of sins and a future home in Heaven came many other gifts that we can unwrap. In fact, I’ve written about a few of them in the past few months. Just as a reminder I’ll list some of them here.
1. We are forgiven all of our sins.
2. We are a new creation. (inside)
3. We are adopted into God’s family
4. We are citizens of Heaven
5. Our Father will take care of all of our needs.
6. We are more than conquerors because we now have God’s power of the Holy Spirit living within us.
7. We will have peace of God, and peace with God.
Those are just a few of the gifts that God has so graciously provided for believers. They are not for the people of this world, only His special children. Those who have the family resemblance.
I believe that we need to take a step back from ourselves. We need to see ourselves the way God sees us. When we do we realize all of our problems are really very small even though they don’t seem like it. If we get our eyes off our circumstances and focus our minds on God, we allow Him to flow through us, and we have the power to make it through our problems. We will still have trials, but they will not overwhelm us.
We can still be defeated Christians even with all those gifts if we fail to unwrap them use them. We can’t continue to live our lives the way the people of the world do. Those ways don’t apply to us anymore. Unbelievers only have themselves to work for them. I remember before I was a Christian how “I” had to figure everything out, every detail, and I wasn’t always right in my decisions either. I messed things up a lot of the time. Now, we don’t have to control every situation. We don’t have to control others. We don’t have to be perfect. We don’t have to please everyone, only God. We can relax and know that God is taking care of things for us. He IS big enough you know!
I praise God for the wonderful gift of that little baby in the manger. And I thank Him for all the other gifts under God’s Christmas tree that He has lavished upon us. Unwrap them for yourself this year.
Eph 1:7-8 NASB In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace (8-a) which He lavished on us.
copyright 2009 Bonnie Lord