Some Final Ponderings

by Carolyn Hope

The past two weeks, we’ve observed several different pieces in the story of our Savior’s birth. We’ve read about shepherds, prophets, and angels. We’ve seen individual characters such as Elizabeth and Mary. There are many parts to play in such a momentous birth, a birth that shook the world.

I’d like to leave you this week with a few thoughts:

  1. God took the lowliest and the least and used them in mighty ways. Shepherds were outcasts; angels were often unseen; the prophets were rejected. Mary was ordinary; Elizabeth was old. Every character had multiple reasons for disqualification, yet God never considered those. He chose them, and He chooses you too. When God calls you, nothing can disqualify you. You yourself are enough for the journey He is leading you on.
  2. One ordinary night became an encounter. At an unexpected time and an unexpected place, God showed up. What started as a normal day became a day that changed history. You never know what today could bring. Stay expectant and stay hopeful. Wake up each morning eager to see all that God will do. He is working and moving on your behalf. Today could be the day that everything changes.
  3. God’s plan for your life is greater and more risky than you could ever imagine. Mary and Joseph’s calling to be the parents of the Christ was incredibly dangerous; yet they were never unsafe as they followed the Lord. There will be great risk in your story, and there will even be danger. Do not let those facts deter you or frighten you, for your God is with you through every moment. He will protect you and fight for you through it all.

I hope you have had a very Merry Christmas!

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Script Writers: The Prophets

by Carolyn Hope

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” – which means, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:22-23)

So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: “He will be called a Nazarene.” (Matthew 2:23)

One of the major roles in the story of Christ’s birth, which often gets overlooked, is that of the prophets. We like to focus on the prophecies while forgetting that those who spoke them were people just like us. Isaiah, Micah, Hosea, Jeremiah, and all the other prophets were powerful vessels of the Lord who spoke His Word and decreed the future long before it was in sight.

What must it have been like to speak things into being and not be able to see them with their own eyes, in their own lives? Can you imagine proclaiming the word of the Lord, and then dying hundreds of years before it comes to pass? How much faith that must take! How much courage and strength!

You may or may not be a prophet, but regardless, God calls you to be a visionary in His Kingdom. We are to walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). Romans 4:17 tells us that we serve a God who “calls things that are not as though they were.” We are to be like our Father, and He sees beyond the natural. His eyes aren’t confined to the present, current state of your life. Yours shouldn’t be either.

Dear one, have courage. Believe the impossible. See with eyes of faith. As the prophets of old, you can be a vessel of the Lord. You can peer into the future and call things forth that still have yet to be.

Don’t be discouraged because you haven’t seen the promise come yet. It’s on its way. Look past your present and behold all that can one day be.

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