From Luke 2: 10 (KJV)
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:8-11 NIV 1984)
This week we will be memorizing and obeying a small segment from Luke 2:10: simply, “Fear not.”
What are you afraid of?
Taking this in another direction, if I were visited by an angel from heaven, I imagine one of the things I would experience is being self-conscious about the areas I fall short as a Christian.
What about you? Perhaps, year after year after failing to keep your New Year’s resolution to read your Bible every day, you would hang your head in shame believing you’ll never measure up to be what a Christian ought to be.
Or would being in the presence of a heavenly being make you want to hide because you still struggle with that same habit or entangling sin? Maybe you would go to bed that night wishing you were a little bit more loving, a whole lot more giving, or, in short: would stop living as if “it’s all about you.”
God loves you deeply and He’s not disappointed in you. It is only as I write these words that I am reminded of these truths, too. He will never give up on us as long as our hearts are truly devoted to Him and His ways.
If God were to ask you, “What do you want for Christmas?” would you consider asking for confidence? Ask Him to give you confidence in His ability to help you to become the person He designed you to be.
What do you think?
• In what areas in your life do you need assurance that God will never give up on you?
• Can this Christmas season be one of renewed faith in God’s ability to help you be all He designed you to be?