Saturday, December 24, 2011

Dec 24 - Hebrews 11:1

Merry Christmas - day 3

Faith is the assurance
of things hoped for,
the conviction of things
not seen.
Hebrews 11:1

Merry Christmas!

For a thousand years the people of Israel waited for this day -- the coming of the Messiah, the birth of the Savior King.

A thousand years of waiting!

That took faith! Patient faith. Enduring faith. Very, very long-suffering faith. The ability to continually fan the embers of this promises was indeed, "the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."

Peter reminds us that "the Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness[; because,] with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day" (2 Peter 3:9).

What are you waiting, hoping for? The manager is a reminder that God is faithful. He will fulfill his promises. And he has all eternity to work out his purposes and your joy.

Tonight, look to the manger, remembering that God is faithful and praying that he'll make you even more faithful.

In Christ's Love,
a guy who likes the third verse
of "Away in a Manger" --

"Be near me Lord Jesus,
I ask thee to stay,
close by me forever
and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children
in your tender care,
and fit us for heaven,
to live with thee there."

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