Christmas of 2020 is past, and we are already a couple weeks into 2021. The year 2020 was difficult in many ways, but I hope you had a blessed Christmas contemplating the true meaning of Christ's coming to this earth. I hope you experienced joy and worship in your heart, as you meditated on these things. More importantly, I hope you are carrying that joy and worshipful spirit into 2021 in spite of recent events in our nation.
During December I read through the Gospel of Luke in the Bible. A couple days before Christmas I read Luke chapter two which tells of Christ's birth and Luke chapter twenty-four which speaks of Christ's resurrection. It was a blessing to do so after reading about Christ's earthly life and death on the cross earlier in the month.
I am so thankful that Jesus came as a baby, that He took on humanity for us. He left His perfect place in Heaven with God to come to this troubled and sinful world for us. Then He lived a perfect life for us, and finally died to pay for our sins. II Corinthians 9:15 says, "Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift." It is a gift which is precious, inexpressible, and beyond our understanding. It should fill our hearts with joy and worship and has the capability to carry us through the months ahead in 2021 and beyond.
Year 2021 will have and already has had its own problems and trials. COVID problems, for one thing are not fully conquered. In fact, COVID variants are beginning to materialize. There has also been shocking violence displayed at our nation's capitol. As I have watched this unfold, I have been struck with the reality of the depravity of the human heart without the Lord. We also have other personal issues that we face. For some these issues may include care-giving for a loved one, joblessness, cancer or other serious illnesses, concerns for a loved one who has lost his way, or even homelessness.
Whatever 2021 brings know that the Lord wants to walk with us through life's problems. We need to trust His plans and not rely on our own plans. We need to make Him not only our Savior, but Lord of our life. We need Him in every area of our lives. He wants to give us peace even if there is chaos all around us. He wants to turn confusion into clarity, pointlessness into purpose, and worry into worship.
What a precious gift this precious Savior and Lord is to us who accept Him into our lives. Once again we say, "Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift." Let's walk through 2021 with joy.