A Post-Christmas Challenge - January Observer Message

"Praise the LORD. I will extol the LORD with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly. Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever." Psalm 111:1-3

Luke tells us that after the shepherds had come to Bethlehem to see the newborn Savior: "Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart." She replayed the events of that night again and again. She wanted to explore everything God had given her in the birth of the Christ-child.

She didn't want to miss anything.

The more we study the Christmas story - the more we hear it and replay it in our memories - the more we stand in awe of this glorious and majestic gift from God. There, in the manger was true God and true man. There, in the manger was God's greatness on display. This was a holy child, of one being with the Father! That's deep! This little Baby was carrying out God's plan to save mankind from hell! This little baby came to be our substitute under God's Law and judgment.

The more we ponder the Baby in the manger, the more we will stand in awe as the beautiful Christmas story melts our cold hearts and fills us with delight. Nothing else in all the world is this good!

Here is a little post-Christmas challenge. Ponder God's greatness and praise him for his glorious and majestic works, even in troubles. When Paul wrote 2 Corinthians, he was experiencing a sickness or trial he called a 'thorn in the flesh'. Through this trouble, God taught Paul some important lessons. Paul learned to be humble and to trust the Lord for everything, even something as simple as breathing.

God also had another purpose. Paul wrote: "Praise be to the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God" (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).

Can you see God's wisdom here? Sometimes God lets his precious children experience troubles so we can help someone in a similar situation. The glory and majesty of this work of God is that he uses Christians to comfort fellow Christians and even unbelievers - all with the goal of bringing more people to a saving faith! Doesn't that make you want to praise God with your whole heart?

May the Lord fill you with the all the comfort you need in your troubles, so that you glorify him more and more!

-Pastor Carter