There is a degree of self-imposed pressure which accompanies the acknowledged opportunity of writing a devotional for Christmas day. Somehow it seems that this is one which should be more spiritual, more profound, more heart-touching or soul prodding. Yet, this year, more than any other in my entire life, there is a feeling that Christmas is simply an extension of the awareness of God’s goodness, kindness and faithfulness. An exclamation mark of sorts of our ongoing expression of gratitude. A pinpointed reminder. A determined celebration. It’s not that He is more of any of the things that we acknowledge Him to be during Christmas, it’s only that we are more purposeful to acknowledge all that He is all of the time.
All of the time He is good. His demonstration of goodness is magnified in the grace and mercy which is displayed in my life…in yours… in the lives of all that we know. His goodness which humbles us because we are so aware that what we get is so far from what we deserve. That undeserved goodness which draws us into His arms time and time again. The unmerited favor He bestows upon us even when we don’t do it all right or have our act together.
All of the time He is kind. Kind in the impartation of strength He offers us when we are weak. Kind in the abundance we experience love, joy and peace the entire year through. Even when life is hard. Even when we don’t understand. Even when things don’t make sense.
All of the time He is faithful. Faithful to provide for our needs. Faithful to speak to our hearts. Faithful to lead and guide us into the truth it is imperative that we walk in. Faithful to continue to mold and form us into His image. Faithful to be ever present, ever aware and ever willing to minister all that He is to our weary hearts.
The same God, Christ, Savior that we purposefully focus on in this season, on this day…He is no more benevolent, kind, good or faithful than He is on any other day of the year. Every good gift in our life, the entire year through…it comes from Him.
Perhaps one of the best gifts of all however, is the one expressed in the second part of James 1:17. In Him, there is no variation or shadow of turning. He never changes. He doesn’t change His mind about us. He doesn’t change His plans and purpose for our lives. He doesn’t change in His desire for us to know Him more deeply, draw closer to His heart or be more like Him. He has been, is and always will be good, kind and faithful.
In this world in which we live, there are few things that we can be certain will not change. In an instant, that which was constant can be gone forever. In a moment, that which we were sure of can crumble. In just a blink of an eye, our life here on the earth can be turned inside out by circumstances that were unexpected and un-welcomed. And yet, the same good, kind and faithful God remains- loving us, walking beside us, carrying us and caring about every aspect of our lives…of this we can be absolutely certain.
Of all the gifts you have ever received, that must be one of the greatest of all.
Father, Your goodness, kindness and faithfulness within my life bless me, humble me and fill my heart with thankfulness.