“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?”Psalm 9:3-4
It’s happening again, isn’t it? It’s December already and forget being drowned in “Christmas spirit”, I think I haven’t heard a single Christmas carol anywhere yet. Not one refrain of “O Holy Night”, not a single “Fa La La”, not even the “Jingle Bells” tune, which is basically the theme song for the season. Perhaps there are a few who have pulled out the Christmas decorations and started putting up the tree, but there are also those who are still mourning the recent passing away of a loved one. Maybe it is different where you are (and I sincerely hope it is), but I can’t help feeling that we’re in for yet another season of solemn and subdued celebration this year.
We do not have a lot of time to consider the heavenly choir of angels bringing the good news of Christ’s birth to the shepherds, because all our earthly messengers on TV and social media are bringing us news of yet another deadly variant of the coronavirus and how your vaccine may not be effective against it. We cannot wonder about the wise men bringing expensive gifts from far off lands to the child who was the King, when the only shopping we’re doing is to buy sanitizers and an extra lock for the front door that has been fast shut since early 2020. It used to be that we would be so engaged in celebrations that we would have to stop and remind ourselves of the “reason for the season”. Perhaps in today’s situation too, all we need to do is stop and remind ourselves of the same thing.
Beloved, are you afraid, anxious and losing hope? Look outside the four walls of your house and see what God has done! No, don’t just see the pandemic and the panic. See everything that He has done! Remember all the work of His hands. Marvel at creation and remember the Creator. Meditate on the truth that He is still sovereign, still in control. When an enraged Herod commanded the mass murder of innocent infants, I doubt anyone could see God’s purpose in it. But God had a plan then, and He has a plan now, and it is a plan for your salvation – a plan for your good. We must believe that. We must remind ourselves of His ultimate and eternal goodness, and that there is always a reason to celebrate.
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!Psalm 9:1