Christmas has come and gone. New Year has come and gone. Decorations are all neatly packed away and stored for another year. Is that it?
In our home one Christmas decoration didn’t make it in the box. An adhesive sign hanging above our kitchen door reads “Such a big miracle in such a small child.” It was forgotten but somehow, it seems to belong there; a constant reminder that the meaning of Christmas cannot and should not be packed away in a box and stored for another year. The meaning of Christmas needs to linger and oil our moments and hours of 2014. The meaning of Christmas needs to influence the way we do life.
That miracle we just celebrated is with us every day. When he grew up to be a man he said, “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:11) He also said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”
This miracle, the very being of God here on earth; this miracle who came to restore us and to reveal the Father’s heart is with me right now. He is with you right now. The very presence of this miracle here and now is what will make 2014 possible. It will give 2014 meaning and purpose. This miracle bridged the gap between us and the Father and makes it possible to enjoy His presence, today, tomorrow, and all of 2014.
A love and desire for His presence will erase all fear.
His presence will always bring provision. Read Genesis 21. Hagar wandered aimlessly in the wilderness with her son, Ishmael, because Abraham and Sarah had sent her away. With no more water left to drink she fell on her knees and was ready to die. God came to her full of grace and said, “Do not be afraid…”. He had plans for Ishmael and his descendants. This was not the end. In His presence, Hagar’s eyes were opened to a well. They had water to drink. Making His presence a priority will make provision for whatever 2014 holds.
His presence will always bring peace. Before this miracle came as a child we were told that He would be called the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9). After this miracle died and rose again He showed up to the disciples and the first thing He said was: “Peace be with you.” (Luke 24.36). Isaiah encourages us to be fixated with that miracle.“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.” (Isaiah 26.23,24) Breathing in His presence will enable us to breathe out peace regardless of what we face in 2014.
His presence will always bring joy. Before this miracle was born, Elizabeth was full of joy at the news of his birth. The Shepherds were told the good news that would bring great joy. They left the presence of that miracle praising and glorifying God (Luke 2.20). To this day people encounter the miracle of His presence and move full of joy, praising and glorifying God. David wrote: “You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence.” (Psalm 16.11) This miracle wants to give us the joy of His presence. (Psalm 21.6) Pursuing His presence will enable us to approach 2014 with great joy.
Pursue His Presence and experience the miracle of His Provision, His Peace, and His Joy in 2014!
So, is that it? No, there is so much more…